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Capabilities and Radicalism: Engineering accessibility in the 21st century

Tyler, NA; (2006) Capabilities and Radicalism: Engineering accessibility in the 21st century. Transportation Planning and Technology , 29 (5) 331 - 358. 10.1080/03081060600917629.

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Abstract

Engineering bridges the gap between, on the one hand, that mix of philosophy and politics which we call policy and, on the other, the physical implementation of the means to put policy into practice. Starting with a brief outline of the nature of accessibility, why it is important and how in some cases a person might be disabled by a lack of accessibility, this article - based on the author's Inaugural Lecture given at University College London in February 2005 - turns to consider how a person’s needs challenge their capabilities (i.e. what they can do) and considers a radical approach to understanding people’s capabilities in the implementation process. Next, the formation of policy intentions in order to permit, encourage and implement the engineering of appropriate solutions is discussed and conclusions drawn about how this affects work in the transport domain. Perhaps we need to look at the world in a different way before we can make it a better place.

Type:Article
Title:Capabilities and Radicalism: Engineering accessibility in the 21st century
DOI:10.1080/03081060600917629
Keywords:capabilities, accessibility transport, social justice
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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