A conference on research into inclusive outdoor environments, 28-29 June 2011
- Open Space: People Space 3
Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors
A conference on research into inclusive outdoor environments for people of
all ages, backgrounds and abilities
28th 29th June, 2011, Edinburgh
OPENspace, in collaboration with research partners at the Universities of
Salford and Warwick, is hosting a third international conference in
Edinburgh. The event will coincide with the publication of findings from the
consortium¹s flagship research project Inclusive Design for Getting
The focus of the conference will be on recent research into the design and
provision of accessible outdoor environments for everyone people of all
ages, backgrounds and abilities. It will highlight the importance of
inclusive environments in improving the quality of life of individuals at
different life stages and explore the links between the design and planning
of communities both urban and rural and enhanced health and wellbeing.
Bringing together leading international experts, researchers, policy makers
and design practitioners, the conference will be delivered through a
combination of plenary and parallel sessions. Drawing on expertise in
enhancing people¹s engagement with the outdoor environment, it will explore
themes such as:
What makes people go outdoors and use the environment, and how can outdoor
activity promote better health and mental wellbeing?
What design features of the built environment and its environs promote
better quality of life and healthier lifestyles throughout all life stages,
focusing on the key issues encountered by older people?
What are the physical and psychological barriers to access and how can these
be overcome or reduced through good design?
The first call for papers will be issued in October 2010.
Who should attend?
Researchers, designers, planners, policy makers and public health
practitioners / professionals and all those with an interest in inclusive
This Conference celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the OPENspace the
research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments -- based at
Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt
For further information, please contact: Anna Orme <a.orme@...>, +44
131 221 6177
Edinburgh College of Art (eca) is a charity registered in Scotland, number SC009201
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