Accessibility of Built Environment
Welcome to DesignBridge Foundation – a non profit organisation working in the realm of built environment accessibility, based in Pune, Maharashtra State, India.
Creating built environments and facilities that are accessible and user-friendly equally to all, with safety and with dignity, is a right protected by law in many jurisdictions. It is an indispensable pre-requisite for social inclusion, focusing on equal opportunity and diversity.
Accessibility to the built environment affects a large number of people within society in their day-to-day normal life, concerning their safety and physical, mental and social well being. Even a single step can deny entry to a person pulling a suitcase on wheels, or a person using a wheelchair or even pose a safety hazard to anyone with impaired vision.
Built Environments that do not comply with safety and accessibility standards, especially toilets and wash areas, ramps, steps and doorways, are often safety hazards posing unwanted risks to precious human lives, especially to increasing huge sectors of populations concerning the elderly, pregnant mothers, those with numerous debilitating conditions, those carrying small children and heavy luggage and also to people with disabilities.
Public Awareness Initiative
We firmly believe that the biggest barrier for accessibility is the barrier of the mindset.
To address this issue, Designbridge Foundation has embarked upon a voluntary initiative to reach out to key decision makers in various sectors such as Housing, Banking, Healthcare, Education, Retail, Workplaces and Hospitality.
Reimagining Streets of Pune
Designbridge team along with a young team of architectural interns and design students, submitted an entry for Reimagining Streets of Pune , organised by the Pune Smart City Dev. Corp. Ltd ( PSCDCL ). A total of 56 design entries were submitted by prestigious architectural and urban design firms , and Designbridge entry was shortlisted among the top 10 for a final presentation.
Our solution revolved around one core concept – The streets of our Smart City have to be designed for ALL keeping inclusivity as a core design parameter. Few images of the design proposal are displayed below.
Gallopper interviewed Ar. Kavita Murugkar recently for her work in accessibility research and awareness.read more
Designbridge team voluntarily conducted an access audit of Sanjay School for Children with Disabilities, based in two campuses in Porvorim and Vasco Goa. An access audit report was submitted to the Chairman - Member Secretary of Sanjay School. Designbridge...read more
Panaji: Only three of 31 buildings and public spaces surveyed by the accessibility auditors from Pune, under the department of empowerment of persons with disabilities' Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) have received 'satisfactory' accessibility...read more
A two day sensitisation and access audit training workshop was conducted by Ar. Kavita Murugkar ( Universal Design Center, MKSSS's Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture ) and her team, assisted by DesignBridge Foundation volunteers, on 23 rd and 24 th June,...read more
Article by : Abhijit Murugkar, Accessibility Consultant and Founder of Designbridge Foundation, a non profit working in the field of accessibility of built environment The city of Pune aims to transform itself into a world class city, achieving a better quality of...read more
Correspondent : Lisa Ann Monteiro Panaji: Panaji bus stand, Panaji post office, Shram Shakti Bhavan and Panaji police station were among those at the bottom of the list, in a recently concluded survey conducted to gauge the ease movement persons with disabilities...read more