In the 21st Century, many regulations and requirements exist in each country in relation to improving accessibility and the removal of architectural or communication barriers so as to achieve an improved quality of life for all citizens, particularly the elderly and those with special needs.
However, even today, many professionals from the fields of architecture, engineering, design and construction apply accessibility criteria as a compulsory imposition of the rules, often only added "a posteriori" to the general criteria of the original design. This is done without comprehending the benefits these spaces, itineraries, items, services or products which we all use will provide if they are also accessible to people with reduced mobility or communication skills.
This postgraduate course is an opportunity to discover the fact that "accessibility is not only a requirement for people with disabilities, but also benefits all citizens." It seeks to address accessibility from the beginning of the project, in an inconspicuous way and at little or no cost once it is incorporated into the original design solutions. Achieving standardised solutions which are comfortable and safe is also important. Also, if necessary, technical help and new technologies can be incorporated in order to improve the comfort and quality of the services provided to the public.
The course is based on remote synchronous work sessions via a virtual platform on the Internet, which are both theoretical and practical in nature. These work sessions involve discussing the various types of material, as pre-defined in the programme. Case studies will be carried out, which will help to contextualize the concepts covered in each subject.