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Design for Inclusivity

Proceedings of the UIA World Congress of Architects Copenhagen 2023

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  • Provides new perspectives from leading researchers accentuating and examining the central role of the built environment
  • Offers a compilation of peer-reviewed papers that uniquely connects knowledge and criticality
  • Explores the agency of the built environment in relation to the SDGs

Part of the book series: Sustainable Development Goals Series (SDGS)

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The book provides new perspectives from leading experts examining the role of architects and urbanists in designing for inclusivity in our built environment. By focusing on themes of gender, race and ethnicity, ability, neurodiversity, age, poverty and socio-economy and the non-human, the book tackles the complex challenges that designers and scholars encounter and need to address in their works. The volume offers a diverse compilation of peer-reviewed papers related to architecture for inclusivity in various different formats, ranging from visual essays, argumentative papers and scholastic texts. It presents the notion of "availability", a concept which works to challenge the "othering" inherent in notions of inclusion and accessibility. In its introduction it presents a critical discourse around the challenges and potentials lying in the design for availability targeted towards a systemic change of our societies.


The book is part of a series of six volumes that explore the agency of the built environment in relation to the SDGs through new research conducted by leading researchers. The series is led by editors Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen and Martin Tamke in collaboration with the theme editors:

- Design for Climate Adaptation: Billie Faircloth and Maibritt Pedersen Zari

- Design for Rethinking Resources: Carlo Ratti and Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen (Eds.)

- Design for Resilient Communities: Anna Rubbo and Juan Du (Eds.)

- Design for Health: Arif Hasan and Christian Benimana (Eds.)

- Design for Inclusivity: Magda Mostafa and Ruth Baumeister (Eds.)

- Design for Partnerships for Change: Sandi Hilal and Merve Bedir (Eds.)


Table of contents (57 papers)

Editors and Affiliations

  • The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

    Magda Mostafa

  • Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus, Denmark

    Ruth Baumeister

  • CITA—Centre for Information Technology and Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy—Architecture, Design, Conservation, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Martin Tamke

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Design for Inclusivity

  • Book Subtitle: Proceedings of the UIA World Congress of Architects Copenhagen 2023

  • Editors: Magda Mostafa, Ruth Baumeister, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Martin Tamke

  • Series Title: Sustainable Development Goals Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-36301-6Published: 03 September 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-36304-7Due: 04 October 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-36302-3Published: 02 September 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2523-3084

  • Series E-ISSN: 2523-3092

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XLII, 791

  • Number of Illustrations: 79 b/w illustrations, 428 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Sustainable Architecture/Green Buildings, Design, general, Developmental Psychology, Sustainable Development

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