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    Designing for Inclusivity

    Recently, we had the privilege of attending the ‘Many More Parts than M’ event organized by The DisOrdinary Architecture Project. The event delved into the intricacies of Inclusive Design, sparking valuable discussions and insights. Here’s a summary of the key ideas and talking points that emerged.

     

    Key Ideas for Inclusive Design

     

    1. Understanding Diversity

    The foundation of inclusive architecture lies in understanding the diverse spectrum of needs. An open-minded and attentive approach is crucial to creating spaces that cater to a broad range of requirements.

     

    2. Designing Flexible Spaces and Features

    Adaptability is key to inclusivity. Incorporating flexible lighting solutions and ensuring that architectural features can be easily adjusted enables spaces to meet diverse needs.

     

    3. Prioritizing Accessibility Over Heritage

    While heritage is essential, prioritizing accessibility is paramount. Striking a balance between preserving historical significance and ensuring universal accessibility is a challenge worth embracing.

     

    4. Tactile Elements and Pathways

    Creating paths for those with partial sight and incorporating tactile elements throughout a space is vital. Well-considered wayfinding and audible descriptions enhance navigation, with special attention to differentiating doors from windows.

     

    5. Considering the Sensory Experience

    Inclusive design extends beyond the visual. Considering the touch and feel of architecture adds an extra layer of inclusivity, contributing to spaces that are not only accessible but also aesthetically pleasing for everyone.

     

    Conclusion

    Designing for inclusivity is not just a task; it’s an opportunity to create interesting, accessible spaces. We invite you to join the conversation and challenge traditional thinking. Let’s work together to foster an open dialogue, confidently moving towards a future where inclusive design is a standard, not an exception.

     

    Links

    The DisOrdinary Architecture Project

    Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People

    CIC – Creating an Accessible and Inclusive Environment

    Book: The Architecture of Disability: Buildings, Cities, and Landscapes beyond Access