Inclusive design aims to make buildings, products and environments accessible to all people. It concerns the experience of people affected by age, physical ability or other factors.
GDI Hub’s Inclusive Design team focus on inclusive design of the built environment and increasingly disability inclusive, climate-resilient cities in developing countries. We work collaboratively with local partners, the global inclusive design community and organisations of persons with disabilities to drive research and innovation, creating platforms for engagement with decision makers at all levels to implement change.
Inclusive Design highlights
City governments and their investors, public and private developers, citizens and grassroots organisations must work together and implement an inclusive design process to create inclusive cities. Read GDI Hub's Inclusive Design Strategy to find out more about our approach.
Public spaces, including recreational and social spaces, are often not prioritised. Inclusive public spaces are fundamental to participation and inclusive in society. Including persons with disabilities in the design and planning of the built environment supports equal rights and helps identify people’s aspirations for inclusive environments. Four city case studies will be discussed in this paper: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Varanasi, India; Surakarta, Indonesia; and Nairobi, Kenya.