Understanding universal design, Seminar 2
Location: Council Room, Strand Building, King's College London, WC2R 2LS. Google map of WC2R 2LS.
Date: September 2013, 9.00-17.00
Theme: The governance of universal design
This is an ESRC research seminar. Find out about our other research seminars.
The focus of the seminar will be the governance of universal design (UD), and the role of government and non-governmental institutions and actors in seeking to develop and deliver UD criteria and/or standards.
In particular, the seminar is concerned with contrasts both within and between national states in relation to the development of approaches to UD provision. UD is not just about a product, service, or artefact, but it is embedded into, and a constitutive part of, social and cultural understandings and practices relating to the designed environment. This includes the governance and regulation of designed artefacts.
An important issue is how far, and in what ways, there is variation in approaches to UD, including contrasts in the setting of standards, guidelines, and legal provisions, etc?
Discussion will develop the understanding that UD, as a multifaceted and complex term, ought to encompass not only a consideration of the technical aspects of designed artefacts, but also the broader social and political contexts that shape their operationality.
- Seminar 1: Understand universal design, 14 April 2013
- Seminar 3: Design for all: meeting the needs of diverse users, December 2013
- Seminar 4: From theory to practice: the operationality of universal design, March 2014
How to register
There are a few vacancies and interested people should email Rob Imrie to express their interest in applying and outline what they can contribute to the event. Most places are by invitation only.