The Bartlett


Inclusive Spaces: Rethinking disability and built space

20 January 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Bartlett Inclusive Spaces

Join this interactive workshop to challenge what’s ‘normal’ in the design of the built environment, and engage with disability in design.

This event is free.

Event Information

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The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

This interactive workshop session will start from the work of disabled artists, designers, campaigners and scholars. We will discuss how engaging with disability at the intersections can be both a creative design generator, and a key means to challenge and change what is ‘normal’ in the design of the built environment.

In architecture and related fields in the built environment, disability as a concept – and disabled people – continue to be predominantly framed through a set of outdated and functionalist categories (wheelchair user, blind, deaf, etc.).

There is still a widespread assumption that ‘disability’ is unable to bring any kind of creativity to the design of human spaces.

Since 2008, the DisOrdinary Architecture Project has been challenging this assumption by promoting new practice for the built environment, led by the creativity and experiences of disabled artists.

By finding innovative and enjoyable ways of bringing together disabled creatives with built environment students, educators, researchers and practitioners, DisOrdinary Architecture is co-developing new forms of valuing, and designing with, the rich bio- and neurodiversity of our many different ways of being in the world.

About the Speakers

Dr Jos Boys

Senior Lecturer in Environments for Learning at The Bartlett Real Estate Institute & co-director of The DisOrdinary Architecture Project

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Natasha Trotman

Designer & Artist in Residence at Somerset House

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Raquel Mesquer

Founder and Artistic Director at Unchartered Collective

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