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Inclusive Design

The RCA is hosting a series of Anglo-Dutch evening debates in the spring of 2006 called Shared Territories on contemporary issues in design and architecture.

Design for the disabled, with its medical model, has been redefined to encompass a much broader range of impairments under the heading of inclusive design. What are designers doing currently to create environments and products that are accessible to people right across society? Being concerned with solutions to complex problems, designers need to focus on integrated living and apply a questioning, holistic approach to social/psychological issues more widely, to avoid the ‘exclusion’ through design of specific groups of people and help combat their isolation. In the past altruism was the main justification for making things accessible to all. Now, social, legal and economic changes are driving policy, but adopting a new mindset about participative solutions to society’s complexity is equally important. There is a real need for the design industry to address these issues.

Professor Roger Coleman, Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, Royal College of Art
Torsten Neeland, industrial and interior designer, London
Reinder Bakker, industrial designer, Amsterdam
Jan-jaap Rietjens, industrial designer, Splinter Industrial Design, Eindhoven
Rogério Lira, graphic and interaction designer, Airplant, Amsterdam


Lucy Bullivant | talks


Date and Time:

9 March 2006 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
020 7590 4444

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