Accessibility Guide for Architectural Designs

Photograph: Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services

While the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services is implementing many different activities within the scope of the 2020 Accessibility Year; It prepared an “Accessibility Guide”, which will also create a road map for the disabled and elderly people to easily access public services.

Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services, said that they attach great importance to the provision of a more comfortable life for disabled citizens and the implementation of certain standards. Minister Selçuk said, “As it is known, the year 2020 has been declared as the Year of Accessibility by our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In the Year of Accessibility, we published the Accessibility Guide for architectural designs and made available to public institutions, municipalities, academicians, students and architects and engineers working as designers. said.

Written and Visual Content and Guidance

Underlining that the guide is a guide with written and visual content, which is based on national standards and includes the latest regulations in the legislation, Minister Selçuk said, “The Accessibility Guide is supported by explanatory texts and three-dimensional visuals that can be used in buildings from the first to the last stage of design. we planned it as a resource. " he spoke.

Can Be Used As Source Publication In Universities

Minister Selçuk said, “The guide will raise awareness for both designers and implementers. It can also be used as a source publication for the technical education departments of universities. " He spoke in the form.

Accessibility Standards for Building Gardens and Interiors are Explained

On the other hand, the guide consists of sections that deal with all the physical spaces and equipment in a building. In the first section titled “Measures of Accessibility and Basic Design Rules”, the principles that should be included in the design are explained in order to ensure the mobility of citizens and elderly people in different disability groups. Accessibility standards for building gardens and interior spaces are described in the sections "Near the Building" and "Car parks". In the "Building Entrances" and "Doors and Windows" sections, the accessibility regulations to be made for the entrance to the building, interior doors and windows are included.

Accessibility Conditions Are Available in Kitchens, Bathrooms and Rooms

In the sections of "Indoor Vertical Circulation", "Alarms and Building Installation", "Markings" and "Sensible Walking Surface Signs", alternative access methods and arrangements with elevators and stairs are included; In the “Other Usage Areas” section, there are accessibility conditions that should be applied in kitchens, bathrooms and rooms.

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