By : WADe Bureau | 16 May 2018 | TRENDING WADe TOPICS
Designing for Disability
Architect, Academician and Interior Designer, Kavita Murugkar’s niche research as well as work lies with designing in the form of disability and understanding disability from the Architectures and Designers perspective. The lady, who came all the way from Pune to attend WADe 2017, said:
“I realized that there was a need to actually look at our design process, the way we are learning and doing Architecture. From this perspective and there I started with the idea of researching into universal design and established the Universal Design and Training Centre at B. N. College of Architecture with four objectives” said Murugkar.
“The activities under this research centre happened under four objectives are – Research, Training, Awareness and Services. Spreading disability awareness through write-ups through newspapers, articles and magazine and also through getting collaborated with the Government of India and participating in the accessible India campaign where we got empanelled with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment accessibility specialist” she said. “My research is also completely focussed on this issue and it is trying to understand phenomenological aspects of disabilities specially vision impairment as to how visually impaired people compete in spaces, and how the materials effect their comprehension of the space and the experience of the space and also inclusive disaster management,” said Murugkar further on her activity. “A round table symposium on Universal Design in India was also organized by another Universal Design Centre. There is a lot of interaction and collaborative activities happening with organizations related to disability and focused seminars and QIP’s are being organized. So, these are some glimpses of the kind of activities that are happening” she added.
“The main thrust has been on workshops for sensitizing and renting Architecture students on this issue. Yes there have been a couple of achievements also in terms of receiving the Universal Design Award by the National Centre of Persons for Disabilities. The IIA as well as the MASA recognized my work and that was encouraging and may be to do more in this field,” she informed further.
“Design as an empowering agent. Design as a means to create inclusive society. Design to challenge discrimination. Design for lifecycle ageing. Design for diversity the masses. Let’s design for all,” she concluded.
I realized that there was a need to actually look at our design process, the way we are learning and doing Architecture. From this perspective I started the idea of researching into universal design and established the Universal Design and Training Centre at B. N. College of Architecture, says Kavita.
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