Design in public space. Accessibility in historical cities

Conference: Design in public space. Accessibility in historical cities

What is accessibility? Accessibility is hospitality. When we invite guests to our houses, we make sure they feel well there: we provide them with a place to sit comfortably, something nice to eat, and some entertainment. Isn’t that exactly what city authorities should do? If they take care of people with various dysfunctions and needs, and enable them to move around without any problems, go sightseeing and visit local attractions, find accommodation and restaurants, the message will be clear – you are welcome here! And an accessible city means great convenience for the residents as well.

Of course, in cities with historical buildings protected by special regulations, introducing any changes is a complicated and costly process. This year’s edition of Design in Public Space proves that the task is not impossible to handle. However, to do that, you need partners, coalitions, programmes, and – obviously – money. There are some even more decisive factors, though: the very awareness that there is a need for certain facilities; good will; and, quite often, unconventional approach.



Conference: Design in public space. Accessibility in historical cities

Date: 9th November 2016

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Venue: Zamek Cieszyn, ul. Zamkowa 3 abc, Cieszyn, Poland

Exhibition opening: 3.30 p.m.






10.30 – 11 Registration

11.00 – 11.15 Welcome by Ewa Gołębiowska, director of Zamek Cieszyn , and Marta Sláviková, director of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation TRITIA

11.15 – 11.40 Research on accessibility in tourism – Lilian Müller, accessibility and design for all advisor, ENAT (European Network for Accessible Tourism) / Denmark

11.40 – 12.00 From accessibility to hospitality – best practices of EIDD Design for All Europe

– Ewa Gołębiowska, president of the European Institute for Design and Disability (EIDD for All)

12.00 – 12.20 Barrier-free travelling – Małgorzata Tokarska, director of Biuro Podróży Bez Barier (a barrier-free travel agency for disabled people)

12.20 – 12.40 – Discussion

12.40 – 1.00 – coffee break


1.00 – 1.20 Ljubljana for All! – Nina Goršič, Biba Tomnic – Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia / Slovenia

1.20 – 1.40 Investment in historical space – Paulina Syrokosz, immovable monuments inspector of the Province Office for Monument Protection

1.40 – 2.00 Accessibility audit – what is it? – Jana Szczuková, accessibility audit specialist, KAZUIST / Czech Republic

2.00 – 2.20 The Accessibility Leader Competition - Katarzyna Ujma-Wąsowicz, the president of Society of Polish Town Planners, branch in Katowice

2.20 Discussion and closing of the conference

2.20 – Lunch

3.30 – Design in public space. Accessibility in historical cities – opening of the exhibition


Simultaneous translation will be provided throughout the conference.


10.00 – 10.45 “Can Cieszyn Castle Hill become more accessible?”

*Before the conference, you have a chance to take part in a walk around Cieszyn Castle Hill and to find out there what accessibility audit is and how to carry it out in various spaces and buildings.

Application should be send by 4th November 2016 at the address:

Anna Pilch:




The conference and the exhibition are co-financed by the International Visegrad Fund as part of the “Tourism for All” project.











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