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Building the Inclusive City: Governance, Access, and the Urban Transformation of Dubai

Building the Inclusive City: Governance, Access, and the Urban Transformation of Dubai

by Victor Santiago PinedaVictor Santiago Pineda


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This Open Access book is an anthropological urban study of the Emirate of Dubai, its institutions, and their evolution. It provides a contemporary history of disability in city planning from a non-Western perspective and explores the cultural context for its positioning. Three insights inform the author’s approach. First, disability research, much like other urban or social issues, must be situated in a particular place. Second, access and inclusion forms a key part of both local and global planning issues. Third, a 21st century planning education should take access and inclusion into consideration by applying a disability lens to the empirical, methodological, and theoretical advances of the field. By bridging theory and practice, this book provides new insights on inclusive city planning and comparative urban theory. This book should be read as part of a larger struggle to define and assert access; it’s a story of how equity and justice are central themes in building the cities of the future and of today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030329877
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 11/29/2019
Edition description: 1st ed. 2020
Pages: 169
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Victor S. Pineda is a lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California Berkeley, USA. He is a two-time presidential appointee and a globally recognized leader on inclusive urban transformation. His teaching, research, and practice advances urban equity, access, and inclusion in global governance.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Understanding Disability in Theory, Justice and Planning
Chapter 3: What Makes a City Accessible and Inclusive?
Chapter 4: The Evolving Transformations of Disability in Dubai Between 1980-2012
Chapter 5: Exploring Functionings and Freedoms in Dubai
Chapter 6: Laws, Rights and Norms
Chapter 7: Laws are not Enough: Unlocking Capabilities Through Governance
Chapter 8: Charting Access and Inclusion in Future Cities.

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