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Universal Design Talks

Universal Design Talks

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Venue
The Nordic house 
Sturlugötu 5
101 Reykjavík

Opening times
24.03 | 09:00 - 13:00

Participants 
Sean Vance
Thor Arne Jörgensen
Ulla Kramer
Jacob Deichmann
Harpa Cilia Ingólfsdóttir

Universal Design has become an integral part of the design of man-made environments. How extensive is the ideology of universal design? New research will be presented on the benefits of Universal Design. Key note speaker is Sean Vance, Architect and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan.

The synergy of universal design and aesthetics will be examined in context with a research project on guiding directional lines to aid blind and visually impaired people in finding their way.  We will talk about technological advancements – intelligence in buildings and what purpose it plays in daily usage, especially for people with special needs. The importance of dependable and verified information about circumstances in a man-made environment will be discussed and examples given on how to obtain, analyze, and portray information that will be useful to people, for example, when planning their travel and other outings. We will look at the possibilities for people with disabilities to travel around Iceland, and the interplay of private and public entities will be reviewed in the light of societal responsibility. Can it be that society discriminates against people through negligence?

Participants in Universal Design Talk come from the U.S., Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. They all share the background of working in the field of universal design and accessibility in their professional career.

The keynote speaker is Sean Vance, Architect and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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