Universal Design is a design approach that aims to create environments, technologies, and products that are inclusive and accessible to people of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds. It focuses on designing spaces that can be used by everyone without the need for adaptation or specialised accommodations.
Mphasis F1 Foundation & AVAS joins hands with Ethos as the Knowledge Partner to bring to you Project UDita (Universal Design is the answer).
UDita means an awakening in many Indian languages.
The first step we take as Team UDita is this 12th edition of Sense N Sensibility Talk Series with Ms. Poonam Natarajan who will be sharing how Universal Design can be the guiding design principle to shape our spaces inclusively, creating a world where every individual's unique abilities are celebrated and barriers are shattered. She is accompanied by Ar. Shivani Shah to initiate our attempt at sensitising the public to a more inclusive built environment.
Universal Design emphasises on the importance of accessibility and user-friendliness, considering factors such as mobility, vision, hearing, cognition, and sensory sensitivity. By eliminating barriers and accommodating diverse needs, Universal Design promotes inclusivity and equality. It encourages the creation of intuitive, easy-to-use designs that benefit not only individuals with disabilities but also enhance the overall user experience for everyone.
Having a sensitive approach to our designs is crucial as it allows us to create solutions that cater to the diverse needs and experiences of people. By considering factors such as accessibility, inclusivity, and ergonomics, we can ensure that our designs are not only visually appealing but also functional and human-centric. In the 12th edition of Sense N Sensibility, Ms. Poonam Natarajan will talk about, 'Designing for Real People' and empowering persons with disability through the spaces we build. We will first begin by understanding and knowing the disabilities and then the persons who live with these disabilities better! She will be accompanied by Ar. Shivani Shah to share her expertise on designing for real dimensions, with a focus on ergonomics. Their insights will provide valuable knowledge on how to create designs that seamlessly integrate with the human form and enhance comfort and usability. Join us to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of sensitivity in design and its impact on user experiences.
Sense N Sensibility (SNS) is a lecture series by ACEDGE, to allow access to expert viewpoints, from across the globe. These experts would demonstrate, through their choices, experiments and lessons, multiple vantage points for developing and exploring design.
Sense N Sensibility is about integration and the big picture. We seek to dishevel the older notions of compartmentalisation of knowledge and introduce learners across the country to collaborative and interdisciplinary studies. Many of our speakers are experts from varied fields- a mayor, a grassroots social worker who works towards community empowerment, an engineer working to resolve water-crisis, sustainability experts, social scientists, travellers, industrial entrepreneurs, and many others.
The inaugural lecture for the SNS series was delivered by Architect George Ferguson, Past President RIBA (2003/5) and first elected Mayor of Bristol UK (2012-16). On the other side of the globe, Architect Ferguson, fought for the rights of a neighbourhood to remain ‘mixed’, against the monoculture promoted by developers.
The second lecture by Amit Pasricha celebrates the lesser-known built heritage of India and his Journey of the 'India- Lost and Found' Campaign.
The third lecture was by a Pritzker Jury member, André Aranha Corrêa do Lago, also Brazilian Ambassador to India. He spoke about Pritzker winning Laureates from the countries of India, Brazil and Japan.
The fourth lecture was by Ar. Rafiq Azam of SHATOTTO Architecture of Green Living on Phenomenal Practice and Thought-provoking Explorations on the field of Architecture and recent Urban Interventions.
The fifth lecture was by Ar. Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan's first female architect. She spoke on lowering the Carbon Footprint: Humanistic Architecture for Post-COVID-19 World.
The sixth lecture by Ar. Krishna Rao Jaisim and Ar Narendra Dengle iterated the relevance and applicability of the underlying concepts of the Gandhian philosophy.
The seventh lecture conducted by Ar. Shirish Beri talked about the importance of architecture in shaping human behaviour.
The eighth lecture by Ar. Prasanna Desai and Ar. Amit Gupta elaborated on Design Research in Practice and Pedagogy.
The ninth lecture by Dr. Anupama Kundoo talked about the social and environmental duties of an Architect.
The tenth lecture by Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya was an edition to commemorate the Teacher's Day as he shared anecdotes and insights on Learning and Teaching in Architecture.
The last lecture by Prof. Habeeb Khan, former president of CoA, was a deliberation to discuss NEP, Admission and, Exit test and much more..