The Singapore Building and Construction Authority awarded its first Universal Design Mark Award to 26 building with exemplary universal design features. The awards Platinum winners are Reflections at Keppel Bay, a private residential development, and the United World College of South East Asia (East Campus). Introduced in October 2012, the BCA Universal Design Mark Award is a voluntary certification system that encourages building owners, developers and architects to include or retrofit their buildings and developments with Universal Design features.
May 7, 2013 - Denver, Colorado
May 14, 2013 - Kansas City, Missouri
May 23, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts
May 30, 2013 - Richmond, Virginia
June 4, 2013 - Columbus, Ohio
June 17, 2013 - Greenwood, Mississippi
In December 2012, construction was completed on a 100 square meter flat in Zagreb, Croatia designed by IHCD and funded by the Open Society Foundations Mental Health Initiative. The Universally-Designed flat, which is owned by the Association for Promoting Inclusion in Zagreb, now serves as the principal residence of four formerly-institutionalized adults with developmental and physical disabilities. The 35-minute documentary discusses not only the specific features of the design of the flat, but also the human aspects of disability and inclusion as it chronicles the first important steps in the residents’ transition from their previous life situations to a new life, living independently as possible within the community.
Josh Safdie was selected as one of the five inaugural winners of the First BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellowship on April 19, 2013.
Established in 1998, the BERKELEY PRIZE strives to show architects-in-training that the smallest act of building has global implications: that design can and does play a major role in the social, cultural, and psychological life of both the individual and society at large. The primary goal for the BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellowship, which was awarded for the first time this year, is to focus students’ attention on the social and physical characteristics of the proposed users of the buildings and spaces they design.
Last week, ground was broken for IHCD’s newest design project - a single-family residence for formerly-institutionalized adults with disabilities in Bucharest, Romania. This project, for which the IHCDstudio has served as the principal architects, is being completed in partnership with the Open Society Foundations, Habitat for Humanity Romania, and Pro ACT Suport. Construction will continue through the summer, and the new residents will move in after September 1, 2013.
April 2, 2013 - Bowie, Maryland
April 25, 2013 - New York, New York
April 25-26, 2013 - Honolulu, Hawaii
The Obama administration for the first time is telling school districts across the USA that they must give disabled students equal access to extracurricular sports, a move that advocates say has been years in the making.
In a letter to schools, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter of the Department of Education says schools should provide "reasonable modifications" to allow disabled students to participate
Learn more about it at the Department of Education's blog
To learn more about accessible sports, check out our Inclusive Sports Initiative
On December 4 the United States Senate failed to ratify the disability rights treaty by just five votes. Since the lost vote on December 4, both Republican and Democratic senators have pledged to bring the treaty back for a vote in 2013. National media coverage and public awareness of the disability rights treaty has exploded.
"This year’s Paralympic Games were a reminder of the immense potential of persons with disabilities to soar and to inspire. One girl wrote to a Paralympic gold-medal champion, “Watching as you overcome the difficulties of life, reaching for new victories and new heights in sports, I derive strength and inspiration.”
Persons with disabilities have a significant positive impact on society, and their contributions can be even greater if we remove barriers to their participation. With more than one billion persons with disabilities in our world today, this is more important than ever..."