Inclusive design of open spaces for visually impaired persons: A comparative study of Beijing and Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael Siu (Corresponding Author), Jia Xin Xiao, Yi Lin Wong

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Over the past few years, researchers, designers and policymakers have made tremendous efforts to move towards a barrier-free society for all by enhancing the accessibility of public space. Barrier-free legislation and design guidelines for built environments have been developed in many cities. However, compared with design for individuals with mobility impairments, design for visually impaired persons (VIPs) is seldom discussed, especially with regards to open and green spaces. Based on a comparative study of Hong Kong and Beijing, this study finds that the implementation and management of public design and policy must work together to ensure effective universal design principles for open spaces. This study discusses how design can be improved to meet the needs of VIPs. Finally, the study provides some directions for researchers, planners and policymakers seeking to enhance the contribution of built environments to healthy living.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Design for Inclusion - Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Design for Inclusion, 2018
EditorsGiuseppe Di Bucchianico
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319946214
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
EventAHFE International Conference on Design for Inclusion, 2018 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201825 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Design for Inclusion, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Inclusive design
  • Public design
  • Visually impaired

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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