Designing inclusive environments, Seminar 3/3
Location: Council Room, Strand Building, King's College London, WC2R 2LS. Google map of WC2R 2LS.
Date: 21 February 2014, 9.00-17.00
Theme: From theory to practice: the operationality of universal design
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An important part of the process in creating environments that respond to the diverse bodily needs of people is to ensure the development and delivery of universally designed artefacts, including products and services. This involves not only the knowledge of what works well to produce universal design, but the economic resources to invest in research and development, testing, and subsequent product placement and its usage. There is, however, little knowledge of how far, and in what ways, different product manufacturers and service providers are able to respond to the principles of UD, what the challenges are in doing so, and how they are addressed and with what outcomes.
The seminar will focus on examples of manufacturers and service providers, and their products and services (such as kitchenware, furniture, pavements, retail services, web design, etc), and compare and contrast the specific socio-technical and economic challenges in translating understanding of what UD is into tangible artefacts available to user communities.
Seminar 1: Understanding universal design, April 2013
Seminar 2: Design for all: meeting the needs of diverse users, December 2013