Coimbatore to host conference on ‘Universal Design’

Our Bureau Coimbatore | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on March 10, 2015

DJ Academy of Design (DJAD) in association with the British Council is hosting a two-day conference on “Universal Design and Development” at The Residency on March 13 and 14.

“Inclusive” design, which is both sensitive and critical, is the theme of the Conference, said Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu, Trustee, GKD Charity Trust and Chairman, Governing Council, DJAD, briefing press persons.

Emphasising the importance of providing a design solution – be it product or service – for all (without discrimination between those with normal abilities and special needs) to create an inclusive society, he said, “Design in India faces three crucial challenges today. First, it (design) is quite young. The realisation, power and potential of design has just started to dawn on people; second, between battling on multiple fronts, the country has to cope with the pressures of development in terms of providing basic necessities and third, Universal design is still a far cry here, considering the steady increase in the number of people with different abilities due to modern life pressures.”

Stating that most public places, be it heritage sites, schools, malls, parks, roads, public transport system, theatres or even hospitals are not accessible to the aged and physically challenged, he said, “This side of human development has escaped the attention of designers, planners, architects and the government in a country where an estimated 125 million elderly (2014 census) and 63 million visually impaired (not taking other disabilities into account), mourn silently.”

Besides sensitising designers and architects about inclusive design, the Academy is hoping to bring social integration through design.

Published on March 10, 2015
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