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What's in a word? Distinguishing between Habilitation and Re-habilitation

The word ‘Habilitation’ originates from Medieval Latin, meaning ‘made able’ (Oxford Dictionaries, 2019a). Over time, the word has developed new meanings in different linguistic contexts. For example, the French definition is ‘to dress’ whereas the Germanic version of the word pertains to ‘self-contained university teaching’. The Oxford English Dictionary defines Habilitation as ‘enabling or endowing with ability’ (Oxford Dictionaries, 2019a). Arguably the common denominator in these definitions

J. Hayton, D. Dimitriou

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility , ISSUE 1, 1–4



Problem statement: The paper fits the trend of Universal Design and focuses on urban space of large housing estates, which is not suitable for all users, and has structural and non-structural barriers. Methods: The author for the study of such problems has developed its own method of research, which is part of a larger Urban Audit, published in the author’s habilitation monograph. This article, due to the ability to reach a wider audience, presents this method in English. Findings and


Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 4, 13–19

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