"Inclusive housing is possible"

Accessible construction plays an important role in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Exclusionary solutions are not accepted. Instead, there are requirements for aesthetics and simultaneous functionality and self-determination. Yet they have only made their way into construction practices in a limited fashion.

Photo: Ulrike Jocham

Ulrike Jocham; © die arge lola

Photo: Accessible housing area

The Bielefeld Non-Profit Housing Association have experience concerning inclusive housing for already 20 years now - including the necessary universal design minimum standards for apartements, so that everybody can live there and nobody is excluded; © Ulrike Jocham

Photo: Accessible magnetic double seals

All apartement doors as well as French windows and patio doors in the living projects of the Bielefeld model are build with accessible magnetic double seals since 2005; © Ulrike Jocham

Photo: Nadine Lormis; Copyright: B. Frommann

© B. Frommann