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ByJulie Fleck

An inclusive environment is not a utopian dream. It can and is being achieved, albeit often on an ad hoc basis. Creativity, imagination and determination are needed to drive effective change beyond the individual building level, to the neighbourhood level and to a city-wide scale. This can be achieved, and examples are emerging from when access issues were first considered by designers up to the second decade of the 21st century, to start making any real impact. More ethical behaviour is being introduced into architectural, engineering and other built environment professions, and this is to be celebrated. If architects demand from their clients, their professional bodies, their local and national politicians, from their friends and neighbours and from themselves, they can all become inclusion champions.