Other shortlisted practices 2014
Venice – a city for all
“In this context, it is crucial to get adequate information on how to reach every corner of the city.”
|Name of Innovative Practice:||Venice a city for all|
|Organisation:||Comune di Venezia|
|Beneficiaries targeted||All persons with disabilities|
|Approach/ model/ solution:||access to all tourist attractions, transport system|
The historical center of Venice is seen as one big architectural barrier because of its particular morphology (121 islets linked by 435 bridges). The bridges represent a barrier for people with disabilities in wheelchairs but also for older people, parents with strollers, tourists who travel with suitcases etc.
The service “City for all” and the Office EBA are collaborating in the project Accessible Venice: the first one deals with information and communication through different channels (website, email, newsletter, counter) and the Office EBA is benefiting from the help of two consultants (a research engineer for motor disability at the University of Brescia and a teacher on mobility and orientation for blind people). The project is working in a lot of areas; e.g. there is a map, which can be downloaded, to help people understand how to move within the territory of Venice. The site, which illustrates the accessibility of the city, has the opportunity to show the user 12 routes without barriers in Italian, English and French.
CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK
In order to stimulate a broad and active reflection, Venice City Council promoted training courses for city council technicians, university students, technical school students, children, professionals, tourism operators, businesses and public transport companies. Several workshops were set up to have an ongoing dialogue and share experiences on accessibility issues.