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Building the Inclusive City

Governance, Access, and the Urban Transformation of Dubai

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  • Offers solutions to fix a real, immediate lack of resources for the disabled community
  • Proposes that disability research and activism must be grounded in a time and place

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This Open Access book is an anthropological urban study of the Emirate of Dubai, its institutions, and their evolution. It provides a contemporary history of disability in city planning from a non-Western perspective and explores the cultural context for its positioning. Three insights inform the author’s approach. First, disability research, much like other urban or social issues, must be situated in a particular place. Second, access and inclusion forms a key part of both local and global planning issues. Third, a 21st century planning education should take access and inclusion into consideration by applying a disability lens to the empirical, methodological, and theoretical advances of the field. By bridging theory and practice, this book provides new insights on inclusive city planning and comparative urban theory. This book should be read as part of a larger struggle to define and assert access; it’s a story of how equity and justice are central themes in building the cities of the future and of today.

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“In this skillfully crafted book, the insightful Dr. Pineda guides readers through the many aspects of disability inclusion, from physical design to cultural narratives. I highly recommend this book to those new to disability as well as those experts wishing to dive into a specific topic.” (Haben Girma, author of Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law)

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  • University of California, Berkeley, USA

    Victor Santiago Pineda

About the author

Victor S. Pineda is a lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California Berkeley, USA. He is a two-time presidential appointee and a globally recognized leader on inclusive urban transformation. His teaching, research, and practice advances urban equity, access, and inclusion in global governance.

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