The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a new educational film for architects, designers and clients which explores innovative inclusive design.
Titled Inclusive Design: creating a user's world, the video focues on three diverse but well-known venues as case studies, The Roundhouse in London, The Eden Project in Cornwall and The Willows School in Wolverhampton, the video demonstrates in detail how inclusive design can be incorporated seamlessly into a variety of buildings, enabling them to be accessible to all.
The case studies consider issues including:
How does a unique Grade II Listed Arts Venue sensitively incorporate accessible design?
How can a visually attractive venue such as Eden become an enjoyable place for those who are visually impaired?
How can a school building create a hospitable environment suitable for special needs teaching and learning?
The role and relationship of the architects, the client, the user advisors, access consultants, and other members of the design team are all examined in the film.
RIBA President Sunand Prasad said:
"The RIBA is here to make the best architecture flourish, because great architecture improves our lives for everyone, irrespective of who they are. Accessibility and the creation of accessible environments is absolutely central to good design and architecture; it is not something that is separate or added on. For too long, accessibility was all about ramps and handrails, but it is much more than that. It is actually about providing environments that are fit for people with a range of abilities, and it is vital that we listen to the needs of different people."
The film is available to view online at: www.youtube.com/user/ribavideo
To request a copy of the film, contact Zoë Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org