Access for All: Approaches to the Built Environment by Wolfgang Christ (auth.), Wolfgang Christ (eds.)

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Example, the emphasis is almost always on the use of space for commercial reasons (on the part of the developer) or for reason s of art, perception and mood (the architect) . But space cannot meaningfully be considered independently of the means by which it is accessed . The occupant's perception of a space is always influenced by the journey into that space or viceversa. If the journey was difficult, the space may be perceived as unwelcoming or alternatively as a place of sanctuary. The mood of a space will similarly influenc e the occupant's perception of the journey ahead.

A new design paradigm The emerging urban landscapes of many cities consist of high-density developments combin- 37 ing multiple functions. Typically, shops, restaurants, and leisure spaces (parks, sport, and entertainment facilities) are located in a "podium" or open area at ground level, with residential apartments, offices, and hotel accommodation in one or more structures above. Underground there is usually a subway station, whose platforms are linked to the complex above by banks of escalators.

Following the event a number of specialist focus group s were set up to continue the dialogue, and involved over 100 local people meeting up on more th an 50 occas ions. 4. Transferring ownership The final stage in a par ticipatory process is possibly th e most important in term s of the longterm susta ina bility of a project, and involves the establishment of one or more legal entities that 59 Cooperation- Urban planning isa community project Lubeck- proposal for new cafe at Schrangen Square, winning competition entry by the office Petersen P6rksen & Partners.

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