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Dis/Ordinary Spaces at the Bartlett (Saturday 17th March 2018)
In March 2018 we collaborated with Barbara Penner, Professor of Architectural Humanities at the Bartlett School UCL, on a one-day conference entitled Dis/Ordinary Spaces. This was a valuable opportunity for architectural students, practitioners and educators to engage with disability studies scholars, activists and artists; and to discuss exciting and innovative ways of designing for our many different ways of being in the world.
The keynote speaker was renowned disability scholar Aimi Hamraie, whose most recent publication is Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (2017). Her talk was called “Critical Access Studies and Socio-Spatial Practice” and challenged conventional modes of access-making related to disability, as well as suggesting how disability and access can act as a cultural critique, with implications for both design practice and built environment research.
The day also included presentations from Leo Care (Sheffield School of Architecture), Professor Barbara Penner (Bartlett UCL), Prof. Katie Lloyd Thomas (Newcastle University) with disabled artist Noemi Lakmaier, and Jos Boys who each critically explored attitudes to, and examples of design for, access and inclusion.
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