In an increasingly technologized world, how do we build cities that are not only smart, but accessible and inclusive?  What strategies, policies and other interventions can inform inclusive and equitable development, regardless of ability, gender, sexual orientation, race or age?  To address these issues and more, Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda, a renowned disabilities rights advocate and scholar, will launch the Inclusive Cities Lab at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development this fall.  The Inclusive Cities lab will research and engage students and scholars worldwide through an intersectional approach to the concept of creating an inclusive city.  This approach will consider how issues of ableism, ageism, sexism, racism, and other “isms” intersect to affect people’s access to, and experience in, the built and digital environments, especially as technology advances and becomes more integrated and normalized into everyday practices.  Through interdisciplinary research and engagement with policy makers, academics, practitioners and communities, the Inclusive Cities Lab will work to develop cities into spaces where all can develop to their full potential.

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Read more about Dr. Pineda and his work here.