So You Want to Build an Equitable Future? Practice Innovation through Universal + Inclusive Design
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 2:30-4:00pm EDT
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How can the architecture profession go beyond the minimum requirements of code minimums and the Americans with Disabilities Act to create more equitable and inclusive spaces for all? Today, designers are looking at how the built environment can affect a person physically, mentally, and socially. Emerging professionals will learn how to be advocates for incorporating principles of universal design in their projects not only to achieve more successful designs, but to achieve more equitable communities where all may thrive. Attendees will hear from a diverse group of architects, designers, and strategists who are committed to designing for all and advocating for universal design standards. The panelists will share their background, vision, project samples, and insights in why inclusive, universal design is imperative for architects and their communities. Attendees will learn various methods of incorporating universal design practices in their work and daily lives.
- Participants will learn ways in which the built environment plays a role in perpetuating social inequity and harming the health, safety, and welfare of marginalized populations by prioritizing certain “default” identities.
- Participants will learn about the work of design justice activists who are developing new architectural practices, processes, and paradigms in order to build a just future.
- Participants will investigate an intersectional concept of justice: understanding how issues of justice intersect with health, safety, wellbeing, accessibility, social justice, and equity in public space and beyond.
- Participants will be inspired to take action and promote inclusive, universal design and advocate for accessibility beyond minimum requirements in their projects and communities.