Problems in Apartment Accessibility: The Rio de Janeiro Building Code

by Guimarães, Leticia Bianchi

Abstract (Summary)
The Brazilian population is getting older, resulting in an increased need for apartments that attend to the necessities of the elderly population. This thesis offers an interpretation and analysis of Rio de Janeiro’s apartment units and their appropriateness for elderly residents. Most of the residential buildings in Rio de Janeiro have one basic floor plan that has been implemented successfully in the marketplace and which is “easy to sell.” The result is that most apartment units in Rio are inaccessible to elderly people. This lack of accessibility comes from both lack of concern on the part of architects and an inadequate building code. Rio de Janeiro has a building code that mandates accessibility in public areas, but nothing addresses accessibility in private spaces. In order to understand the current Rio de Janeiro building code, the author analyzes some representative floor plans and offer recommendations for mitigating problems within them.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:accessibility senior citizens universal design rio de janeiro


Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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