Laura Jasinki: How to Employ Universal Design in Public Places

IHCD Lunch & Learn Lecture

Friday October 17th, 2014 12:00PM
200 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114

Laura Jasinki: How to Employ Universal Design in Public Places

Universally Designed Carousel

Universally Designed Carousel, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, MA

This presentation will highlight sections of a thesis written from the Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning by Laura Jasinski, which provides implementable recommendations for how public spaces can employ universal design to more effectively extend their social, environmental and health benefits to everyone. Using the Rose Kennedy Greenway as an example, the material presented has illustrated how universal design extends beyond accessible design and compliance to facilitate and enhance the user experience. Key points from a literature review, expert interviews and site analyses are synthesized into a series of recommendations on how to successfully integrate universal design along the Greenway Corridor.

For the past four years, Laura Jasinski has been a Project Manager for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. In her role, she is responsible for capital improvements, interactive landscape design and special projects such as the recently completed Greenway Carousel, in which she collaborated with the Institute for Human Centered Design. Laura is a recent graduate of Tufts University's Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Program. In her thesis entitled "Green and Engaging for All: Applying Universal Design to the Rose Kennedy Greenway," she was able to merge her experience in public spaces and the practice of universal design. Laura continues to integrate her research into her daily work at the Conservancy by educating her co-workers and helping to create a more welcoming visitor experience for all.

When: October 17th, 2014 12:00pm

Where: Institute for Human Centered Design. 200 Portland st Boston MA 02114

To RSVP for this event please contact Willa Crolius at or call (617) 259-1655. Light lunch will be provided!

About the Institute Lectures

The "Lunch and Learn" lectures are at 12:00, provide a boxed lunch and are free. Companies presenting will showcase their innovative products illustrating the human-centered design philosophy.