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Dec 23, 2016

Kyushu UniversityIndustrial and interaction designer Joao Paulo is headed to Japan to pursue a Doctoral program at Kyushu University School of Design. 

For more information on the program, visit the Kyushu School of Design course site.

Dec 20, 2016

UIA logoThe International Union of Architects (UIA) has launched the second edition of the ‘Friendly and Inclusive Spaces’ Awards. The Awards recognise and promote inclusive design – from buildings and public spaces to research – and are open to all architect members of UIA member sections. Entries can be submitted online, from 28 September until 20 December 2016, at https://uiafriendlyspaces.awardsplatform.com/.

Nov 29, 2016
Elaine Ostroff
 
Co-Foundar and former Executive Director Elaine Ostroff’s papers have just been made available at the Smithsonian archives:

Guide to the Elaine Ostroff Universal Design Papers

Biographical Note

Elaine Phillips Ostroff was born on February 27, 1933 and grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. She graduated from Durfee High School (1951), received a B.S. from Brandeis University (1955), was awarded a Radcilffe Fellowship (1970) and an Ed.M from Harvard University (1972). In 1978, Ostroff co-founded with Cora Beth Abel the Adaptive Environments Center (now the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) to confront the barriers which prevent persons with disabilities and older people from fully participating in community life. In 1989, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, she developed the national Universal Design Education Project (UDEP) at Adaptive Environments. A national project, UDEP sought to incorporate universal design in professional curriculum. Ostroff coined the term "user/expert" in 1995 to identify individuals whose personal experiences give them unique critical capacity to evaluate environments...

 

Co-Foundar and former Executive Director  Elaine Ostroff’s papers have just been made available at the Smithsonian archives:
Guide to the Elaine Ostroff Universal Design Papers

Biographical Note

Elaine Phillips Ostroff was born on February 27, 1933 and grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. She graduated from Durfee High School (1951), received a B.S. from Brandeis University (1955), was awarded a Radcilffe Fellowship (1970) and an Ed.M from Harvard University (1972). In 1978, Ostroff co-founded with Cora Beth Abel the Adaptive Environments Center (now the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) to confront the barriers which prevent persons with disabilities and older people from fully participating in community life. In 1989, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, she developed the national Universal Design Education Project (UDEP) at Adaptive Environments. A national project, UDEP sought to incorporate universal design in professional curriculum. Ostroff coined the term "user/expert" in 1995 to identify individuals whose personal experiences give them unique critical capacity to evaluate environments.

 

Nov 16, 2016
Gallaudet University, Malcolm Reading Consultants and Hall McKnight
 
 
Gallaudet University, and its development partner, The JBG Companies, announced November 15, 201that Hall McKnight, an award-winning architectural practice from Belfast, Ireland, has won the Gallaudet University International Design Competition.
 
This announcement is the culmination of a three-stage design competition, run by the London-based specialists Malcolm Reading Consultants, which sought to identify the most innovative design team capable of redefining the university's urban edge as a vibrant, mixed-use, creative and cultural district.The winner's vision was described as offering an accomplished approach, combining poetic qualities with a deep sense of what Gallaudet is, and should be. The competition jury praised the winners for their clear understanding of the University's unique culture and ethos, and their natural affinity for working within deaf experiences.

Hall McKnight is an award-winning architectural practice based in Belfast and London. They are particularly known for the Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast (completed 2012) and their remodeling of Vartov Square, Copenhagen (completed 2013). Current projects include work for King's College London, where they are developing proposals for a site located amongst some of the most significant of London's Grade 1 listed buildings. Team members include Ian McKnight, Alastair Hall, and deaf architect Richard Dougherty.  

Hall McKnight's approach proceeded from reflections on "meeting, communing, engaging" - the foundations of human communication - and proposed dynamic new spaces, both within the University and between the campus and the city. They sought to create a building that would endure and develop, acting as a "vessel" to be filled with the experiences of its occupants.  

 

Oct 31, 2016

 

October 31, 2016

INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN LAUNCHING TWO NEW INITIATIVES

Home to American Disabilities Act Center to Focus on Aging, Behavioral Issues

BOSTON – The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), home to the New England Region Center for the American Disabilities Act, is launching two new initiatives, focusing attention on accessibility for an aging population and those with behavioral health and substance use issues.

The Institute, a Boston-based international nongovernmental educational organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding human opportunity and experience, has recently been awarded a contract to extend for another five years its role as the American Disabilities Act Center for the region.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue to serve New England to support those with rights and those with responsibilities under the ADA,” said Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design.

 

Oct 18, 2016

Snapshot from the How LEGO Helps videoMatthew Shifrin, a valuable IHCD user/expert and creator of Lego for the Blind website was recently featured on BrainCraft's psychology/neurology YouTube channel. The YouTube video explores how LEGO can bring the world to those with visual impairments. This video comes with video description for screen readers: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C...

View on YouTube: How LEGO Helps Blind People See

BrainCraft is created by Vanessa Hill (@nessyhill) and is brought to you by PBS Digital Studios. Talking psychology, neuroscience & why we act the way we do. 

More information on Matthew's project:

Matthew's website: http://legofortheblind.com/
Matthew's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfAgj...
Behind the Scenes: 10000 Digits of Pi with Matthew Shifrin: https://youtu.be/pvkUr2L-m3Q

Oct 11, 2016
Gallaudet UniversityGallaudet University is the only bilingual liberal arts university in the world where education and research programs for deaf and hard of hearing students are conducted in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. The University benefits from an historic 99 acre campus, which is close to the Capitol, the U.S. National Arboretum, and the White House. The core of this was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (known for New York’s Central Park) in 1866.
 
The Gallaudet University International Design Competition encompasses: the design of a new Gateway Plaza, a revitalization of the campus’ historic Olmsted Green, and the creation of a new public realm that will integrate the campus with the vibrant urban fabric of a wider regeneration project within Washington, D.C., including the emerging Florida Avenue Market area. This is adjacent to some of the city’s fastest growing and most dynamic mixed-use neighborhoods in NoMa and the H Street corridor.

The competition scope includes design proposals for a visitors’ pavilion located within the Gateway Plaza, as well as conceptual proposals for a landmark building at the epicenter of the campus, which will command views across a number of strategic routes.

Throughout its 150-year history, Gallaudet has served as both a premier academic institution and an internationally recognized centre for Deaf Culture.

Aug 8, 2016

Net Zero Vermont: A connector for real changeAmerica needs a “hometown” that is a model of a sustainable future. Help us create one in Montpelier VT. A $10,000 prize is to be awarded for the best design for that hometown.

The competition focuses on re-imagining a small city whose downtown is largely occupied by parking lots. Such an unsustainable situation requires the best in design and imagination to transform these parking craters into a dense, livable, and fun small urban center which can live on locally produced energy and radically redesigned transportation while providing a place that can house all ages and abilities.

Aug 4, 2016

Matthew Shifrin and his LEGO collection

The home of text-based instructions for commercially-available LEGO sets, which can be built independently by blind or visually impaired people.

Lego for the Blind website

Jul 19, 2016

DCR MassachusettsIHCD has begun work on a multi-faceted scope of work for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).  IHCD will provide consultation, training and plan review to DCR that will analyze compliance with federal law, state code and Forest Service standards as well as global state of the art of inclusive/universal design in the out of doors.  DCR seeks to build upon its 21 years of leadership in the Universal Access program to offer a national model.  The project will include contextual inquiry research with “user/experts” from among people 65+ and people on the Autism Spectrum.