Diversity & inclusion in a city
UTC: 28 October, 2021
Stereotypes, inequalities and social hierarchies have been built into many designs. As a consequence many users can’t fully enjoy their usability. Too often we don’t consider citizens’ expectations and capabilities, forgetting that inclusive city design which addresses needs of ‘many’ is a key unlocking social capital. Can a city be fair to all its inhabitants? Is it that we as a society treat some city residents as less human than others? Can we afford not to hear some groups or maybe on the contrary we can’t afford to hear all of them? How to manage diversity and inclusion so it’s a blessing and not a curse? We will debate on possible answers to these questions. We will discuss the advantages of diverse and inclusive spaces, exploring a variety of factors such as age, gender, mental and physical abilities, next to socio-cultural and economical ones. We will talk about drivers and barriers to inclusion with the aim to contribute towards a happier and conscious city.