Obstacles as determining factors of independent wheelchair user's spatial experience at public transitional space

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Experiencing space holds an important role in shaping one's perception in interpreting the meaning of a space. Humans interpret spatial experiences differently, depending on their bodily experience and the senses that are included. However, for independent wheelchair users, the difference in experiencing space may be more obvious. Liebergesell et.al.[1], and Stafford [2] stated that the way wheelchair users see space is driven by their efforts to be able to mobilize easily so that accessible space becomes essential The objective of this study is to examine the role of mechanical and psychological obstacle according to wheelchair users in the public transitional space. The difficulties found by wheelchair users result a worrying spatial experience. This study uses qualitative methods with direct observation and firsthand experience. The findings of this study show that the intensity of mechanical obstacles is linear with the psychological obstacles, and both of them cause certain emotional response that determines the spatial experiences according to wheelchair users. The findings of this study can help understand the role of obstacles that might reduce the ease of access and potentially produce an unpleasing impression of public space according to wheelchair users to create inclusiveness in urban space.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012123
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2020
Event5th Friendly City International Conference: Enhancing Culture, Community and Environment, FCIC 2019 - Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia
Duration: 12 Sept 2019 → …


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