"Mira Dónde Pisas" is a temporary intervention in public space marking the obstacles on sidewalks to alert pedestrians of tripping hazards. As a Tactic to Pay Attention, painting with contrasting color every protruding object, level change and uneven surface, that could cause trips and falls to pedestrians. Making the invisible visible and practicing the ability to see what others overlook.

Verónica Mansilla, Tucumán, Argentina

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there’s one that most share: at one point or another, we are all pedestrians.

Becoming aware internationally about the negative impact that human activities are having on the environment, including high car dependency and their responsibility in the emission of polluting gases, there is a growing need to create a powerful new approach in urban planning in order to create a highly walkable and accessible city.

In this new model of a sustainable city, the strategy for the management of public space is based on promoting the culture of walking, facilitating journeys on foot, increasing road safety for pedestrians, ensuring universal access in public spaces and transport, developing pedestrian mobility as the main means of transport in urban areas and taking all necessary actions to promote walking as transportation.

The International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was created on the paradigm of human rights and social development, focusing on the intrinsic dignity and of human beings. One of the principles on which the Convention is based is precisely the universal accessibility. Art. 9 promotes the creation of conditions for disabled people, limited in their mobility, having an accessible physical environment that allows them free movement in urban and rural areas. Thus, defined universal accessibility, as “the condition must accomplish the environments, processes, goods and services to be understandable, usable and practicable by everyone in safety and comfort conditions and more autonomous and natural way possible".

The different types of barriers to universal access in urban environments, in practice, turn into spatial discrimination of a large number of people who experiment temporarily or permanently come up against some kind of limitation in their mobility that prevents them from having universal access to urban space and thus the recognized benefits of socialization.

We must not forget that to implement this new strategic approach in order to promote improvements in pedestrian environments, Universal Accessibility being an essential requirement for the full and active participation as citizens under equal conditions. Understanding that accessibility is not just a consideration for people with disabilities: it is a benefit for the whole society.

"Mira Dónde Pisas" is a tool to transfer Universal Accessibility's concepts to the community. Taking advantage of the street as a place of learning, as a space that helps develop important values such as autonomy and social relationships. Trying to stop street just a passing place or transition to become an important part of education for citizenship.
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Verónica Mansilla, Tucumán, Argentina

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