Urban Mobility in Inclusive Cities:
A Participative Research
Public debate on accessibility, embedded in the repertoire of “fundamental rights” and of the fight against discrimination, has led to the emergence of the principle of universal design, adopted in European policies and in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Japan in 2014 and by France in 2010. It implies to organise space and services in order to allow everyone whatever its peculiarities to circulate with others and participate in all activities of the City. How to make cities inclusive has become a big challenge especially in a context of changing lifestyles - teleworking, car sharing, access to distance shopping, digital tools for organising travel, e-health (linked to significant ageing of populations). The aim of the project is to try to bring out new ideas and practical solutions based on the experience of users.
A first phase will consist in identifying and finely describing a number of existing initiatives in the field of technological innovation and collaborative projects relating to mobility and accessibility – digital tools, open data and crowdsourcing, Living Labs… – with a particular focus on how these technological innovations are likely to modify social interactions and to turn a passive user into an active actor who can co-construct solutions.
This research project was established in collaboration with the EHESS Program, "Handicap & Sociétés" and funded by the Frontier Research Center (Toyota Motor Corporation).