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A conference on research into inclusive outdoor environments, 28-29 June 2011

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  • Catharine Ward Thompson
    Open Space: People Space 3 Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors A conference on research into inclusive outdoor environments for people of all ages,
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      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
      Outdoors (I'DGO).

      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
      outdoor environments.
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      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
      University

      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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