The medieval urban centres of medium or small size towns have got historical, architectural and cultural peculiarities that make them pleasant to live and increase their attraction for visitors and tourists. The features of the historical urban sites do not always meet the needs of weaker users or people with disabilities. However, they can’t be easily modified or adapted because of the risk to lose the memory of the traditional construction and the identity of the environment. For these reasons, it is necessary a deep knowledge of the urban structure, morphology and constructive process, based on objective indicators allowing to identify the accessibility levels of the paths and to define the priorities of intervention. The paper is aimed at illustrating an objective assessment tool to classify the level of the accessibility of urban spaces; the outcome allows to create an accessibility level map, identifying the user-friendly routes and the parts which need architectural interventions. Thanks to this approach, it is easy to develop coherent proposals to improve the accessibility, with good level of economically and socially sustainability, permitting the inclusion and the quality of the urban spaces for all users.

Assessment tools and inclusive solutions to improve the accessibility of historical city centers: the case study of Pavia

Alessandro Greco
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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Valentina Giacometti
Writing – Review & Editing
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2019

Abstract

The medieval urban centres of medium or small size towns have got historical, architectural and cultural peculiarities that make them pleasant to live and increase their attraction for visitors and tourists. The features of the historical urban sites do not always meet the needs of weaker users or people with disabilities. However, they can’t be easily modified or adapted because of the risk to lose the memory of the traditional construction and the identity of the environment. For these reasons, it is necessary a deep knowledge of the urban structure, morphology and constructive process, based on objective indicators allowing to identify the accessibility levels of the paths and to define the priorities of intervention. The paper is aimed at illustrating an objective assessment tool to classify the level of the accessibility of urban spaces; the outcome allows to create an accessibility level map, identifying the user-friendly routes and the parts which need architectural interventions. Thanks to this approach, it is easy to develop coherent proposals to improve the accessibility, with good level of economically and socially sustainability, permitting the inclusion and the quality of the urban spaces for all users.
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