TRT_Design For All
Design For All
Introduction to “Design for all”
One aspect of the discussion was first of all the complexity and amplitude of the theme, which was by definition very extensive and approachable to any large and small scale project. The discussion develops by imagining to realize projects for different types of users characterized by different needs and by considering the importance of the audience’s knowledge, in order to create quality spaces by recognizing therefore their vocation. This brought reflection to a next level: to define the theme it was necessary first to discover the concept of diversity and especially the way of dealing with it and making it a sensitive element within the projects.
During the design process, we should consider many factors to reach inclusion both as a concept and as a starting point. As landscape architects, we feel the responsibility to “Design space for all” in many ways, declining the word “diversity” in all its shades.
Among the most important elements, the first was certainly the designer's ability to consider the issues of mobility and accessibility, but reducing the discussion just to this topic would be a mistake.
Other determining factors must be considered such as age, gender and last but not least biodiversity. With this last consideration, we mean the design of the space not only considered from the point of view of the human being, but also the importance of making it pleasant for the other species that inhabit it (animals and plants).
The coexistence of all these diversities is able to bring balance and harmony to the projects and consequently a high quality of space.
LAND in the world
The multidisciplinary approach is fundamental, since it must resolve and allow for the coexistence of every different element and needs. A certain flexibility and many skills are required, including the participation of different stakeholders, each with his/her own characteristics and knowledge that are able to create a synergy to achieve a common goal and above all to create a common vision.
The mix between local and international cultures is an enriching element. The local culture allows for an in-depth knowledge of the places and dynamics of the intervention areas, by bringing expertise of important aspects which are part of the history of the place. International culture brings, instead, elements of novelty and wealth that represent an added value. From this mixture, the most interesting and original plans can emerge, this way the users can find themselves within the project and can perceive a sort of connection with it.
LAND in the future
Design for livable cities
To conclude, research and experimentation turn out to be fundamental tools for designers, in order to make a unique contribution to the realization of projects at every scale and of every type, through the continuous functional and at the same time sustainable investigation of new formulas and combinations.
All of the issues which emerged during the discussion lead to the goal of realizing projects that are both inclusive and at the same time-durable, that require low maintenance and consider climate change.
In short, the challenge will be to create "future proof" spaces for all, in order to improve the quality of life and make it possible to develop more livable cities.
Leading people by design
Finally, all of the issues raised during the discussion would require the participation of the population and institutions. Dialogue is fundamental to make people understand that the designer alone cannot achieve the goal of implementing inclusion projects. The projects of the future must be the result of communication and collaboration among these participants. The architect's mission in the dynamic of this group will be to use the tools at his/her disposal to design spaces for everyone, leading people by design.
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