When we refer to great architecture, we’re usually talking about the aesthetic elements of a building. Rarely do we factor in empathy, accessibility and functionality in our appraisal. As a thematic guide for its program, the Sydney Architecture Festival poses the question, ‘What makes a building truly great?’
The Sydney Architecture Festival’s 12th event, In Conversation: Architecture and Accessibility will examine the importance of inclusive design. This discussion, one of several on the festival bill, will include: renowned Australian presenter and TEDXSydney head of curation Fenella Kernebone; architecture and urban planner Philip Graus; Access Australian committee member, Mark Relf; and founding director of the Centre for Universal Design, Jane Bringolf.
Supported by North Sydney Council, the panel will examine the meaning of Universal and Inclusive design, question how the architectural design community can progress the aims of the National Disability Strategy, and more broadly, how the design of built environments can focus on accessibility with contribution from the local community.
Considering almost 20 percent of Australians live with disabilities, this is an important topic in the world of design; it demands consideration.
Tickets can be purchased for this event here.