Technology and Engineering
  • ISSN: 2333-2581
  • Modern Environmental Science and Engineering

Participatory Process in Landscape Project for Children with Disabilities: The Experience of An Undergraduate Thesis

Mariana Gurgel, Camila Correia Teles, Félix A. Silva Júnior, and Ana Isabela Soares Martins da Silva

Universidade Planalto do Distrito Federal - UNIPLAN, Brazil

Abstract: The theme is circumscribed in the participatory process experience in Final Graduation Work based on the requalification of a park located in the Gama, administrative region of the Federal District (Brazil), for children with disabilities. The justification comprises in the importance of studying more effective project methodologies to achieve the 2030 Agenda goal of providing universal access to safe, inclusive, accessible and green public spaces for people with disabilities. Among the objectives are: a) synthesize the characteristics of participatory research and b) understand local needs and c) weight guidelines and find out the acceptance of the proposals with the community and the current public body responsible for the area under study. The method used was the systematic bibliographic research on the participatory process with consultations in high impact factor books and newspapers, the elaboration of design program was formulated through interviews with visitors and park officials and disabled children of a local school and application of participatory research with weekly meetings including representatives of the community: child with disabilities, local school teachers, parents of children and landscape architect representative of the public body. Among the results found, the participatory process allowed greater acceptance of the design proposal by the community, formed by the final user, general public and the financing public. The conclusions are: i) alternative methodologies to the traditional design process can enhance the learning of Architecture students and urban planners and can increase the effectiveness and viability of the proposed solutions and ii) the form of data collection must adapt to the capacity of expression of the public.

Key words: participatory research, community, project process, accessible public spaces

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