Universal Design elective students of BNCA conducted a detail
access audit of Pataleshwar caves and Shaniwar wada under
guidance of Prof Kavita Murugkar.
Universal Design elective students of BNCA conducted a detail access audit of Pataleshwar caves and Shaniwar wada under guidance of Prof. Kavita Murugkar. Pataleshwar Caves situated on the Jangli Maharaj road in the city of pune, is a unique and earliest examples of rock-cut architecture in maharashtra, built during the Rashtrakuta period. Shaniwar wada, is a Maratha period land fort, built by the Peshwas in the heart of the city. Both are national heritage monuments and maintained by ASI.
A special audit checklist to assess and record accessibility status of these heritage sites was used by the team. Apart from the checklist, physical mapping of barriers and visitor facilities was also done, to identify specific design and architectural issues related to accessibility.
Students of Architecture make TOUCHING SLATES for visuallyimpaired students
STUDENTS VISIT ATHASHREE : A housing project for the elderly
people by Paranjpye Schemes.
Universal Design elective students made a half day tour to Athashree – a housing for senior citizens in pune. The objective of the study was to expose students to a casestudy designed keeping in mind the physical and psychological needs of the elderly people.
VISIT TO SAI BABA HOME FOR BLIND AGED WOMEN
STUDENTS VISIT SADHANA VILLAGE : A home for the mentally impaired
STUDENTS VISIT MUKTANGAN : A De-addiction centre in Pune
Heritage walk conducted for visually impaired students to
mark World Disability Day
IIA Teachers Award 2014 presented to Prof. Kavita Murugkar
NCPEDP-MPHASIS Universal Design Award 2014 to Prof. Kavita Murugkar
The National Center for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), in association with Access-Ability and Barrier-Break Technologies, recently announced the winners of the NCPEDP-MphasiS Universal Design Awards 2014. These awards, instituted in 2010, are given away every year in an effort to spread awareness on Universal Design and recognize the exemplary work and efforts of both individuals and institutions towards the cause of accessibility and ensuring a life of equality and dignity for people with disabilities in India in any of the areas such as built environment, transport infrastructure, service provision, information and communication technology (ICT), universally designed consumer products, mobility & independent living aids, or assistive technology.
Universally, a universal design would be applicable and appealing to all regardless of age, ability or situation to almost everything. While this concept has been accepted and put into use in most developed nations, in India it is yet to catch up.
Prof. Kavita Murugkar has been selected as one of the recipients of the National Level NCPEDP-MPHASIS UNIVERSAL DESIGN AWARD 2014 this year. She will receive the award at the India International Centre, New Delhi on the 14th August’14 at the hands of Shri Shekhar Gupta, Vice Chairman & Editor-In-Chief, India Today Group for her work in the field of Universal Design in built environment and architecture.
She has also been the recipient of the Maharashtra State level AVISHKAR AWARD for best research project in humanities faculty in 2012 at the state level-inter university research competition. Her subject of research was Accessibility of people with disabilities in a heritage site.
BNCA team wins THIRD PRIZE at NSDC 2014 organised by SPA Bhopal
Invitation as a speaker at International Conference of Universal Design And Development 2015
Prof. Kavita Murugkar was invited at the International Conference of Universal Design And Development, Coimbatore to speak on her research work ” Heritage sites as experienced by people with visual impairment.”
Invitation to talk at International Conference on Disability by JNU and CSSS
Prof. Kavita Murugkar was invited at International Conference on Disability by JNU and CSSS to talk on state disability issues in Architectural practice.
Her paper and presentation was titled “Disability in Architecture: A neglected phenomenon.”
JIIA special issue on Universal Design published in March 2015: Compiled by Prof. Kavita Murugkar, Director, DesignBridge Foundation
State level seminar on Inclusive Research
Prof. Kavita Murugkar, Director, DesignBridge Foundation, conducted a 2 day seminar on ‘Inclusive Research- A catalyst for social change’.
Focused on Inclusive Design, the seminar on Inclusive Research, first of it’s kind in the country, discussed social inclusion in design using a people-centric research approach.
An important design movement, Inclusive Design (also known as Universal design), is gaining significance with changing demographics and increasing stress on social justice. Inclusive Research informs the basis and creation of inclusive design in the built environment, and it takes into consideration issues related to human diversity, sensory perception, health, safety and social equity.
The Speakers invited at the seminar were:
Prof. Abir Mullick– Highlighted the importance of conducting front-end exercise in inclusive research, and through, case studies, introduced methods specially designed to conduct inclusive research.
Prof. Melanie Nind– Defined Inclusive research and identified the social contextual elements that have shaped it as an overarching concept in the move towards the democratisation of research.
Prof. S. Balaram– Shared the practicalities of barefoot approach for inclusive research, the working of this idea in the Indian context, problems encountered and possible ways of overcoming them.
Prof. Nilika Mehrotra– talked on foregrounding ethnography as a method to capture voices and felt needs of disabled people, also underlining ethical issues in disability research.
Prof.Kiran Shinde– Discussed the characteristics of participatory research, and processes and methods involved in participatory research.
Prof. Rachana Khare– Discussed the journey of the UD exploration based on research, from global to local, in an architectural design studio within the culturally diverse context of India, as revealed by a year-long project set in the riverside town of Ujjain.
Prof. Ram Gambhir– Educated about ethics in research with human subjects and practicalities of barefoot approach.
Prof. Abhijit Natu– Shared cases of home improvements for elderly persons by including them as part of the research to understand their needs and formulating specific suggestions for improving their homes
“TOWARDS AN INCLUSIVE CITY” – A Panel discussion on UD at the CONSTRO ’14
Pune is known internationally as a commercial, educational,industrial and IT hub and the seventh largest metropolitan city in India. The sudden growth has attracted huge floating population, which puts tremendous pressure on its limited resources and insufficient infrastructure, resulting into haphazard development and chaos across the city. Inadequate resources and poor planning affects everyone especially children, women, elderly and people with disabilities thus affecting overall quality of life. Universal Design approach in future planning and development of the city can help to considerably address this growing crisis and problems of social exclusion.
Taking opportunity of the visit by UD experts to Pune, BNCA’s UD cell conducted a panel discussion on Universal design in a city titled, “TOWARDS AN INCLUSIVE CITY…..DREAMS & REALITY” in joint collaboration with Pune Construction Engineering Research Foundation (PCERF) at the country’s largest exhibition on Construction Industry – CONSTRO 2014, on Saturday,15th February, at the Agricultural grounds, Pune.
Apart from the UD experts, local stakeholders (NGO’s & Govt.) were also invited for the panel discussion. The panel discussion was co-ordinated and moderated by Prof. Kavita Murugkar.
The experts and their respective topics of presentation were as follows –
|Dr Abir Mullick – Inclusive Community|
|Prof.Balaram – Inclusive Transport|
|Dr Rachana Khare – Inclusive Education|
|Dr Hemanti Banerjee – Inclusive Railway stations|
|Dr Gaurav Raheja – Inclusive Public spaces|
|Prof.Gaurab Kar – Inclusive Work|
|Prof.Sandeep Sankat – Inclusive Urban Housing|
|Ar.Radhika Vaidya – Inclusive Public buildings|
|Ms.Anita Iyer – Public Awareness and Sensitization|
Universal Design National Round Table Meeting organized by BNCA
A daylong National Roundtable meeting was organised by BNCA’s UD cell on the issue of – The FUTURE OF UNIVERSAL DESIGN IN INDIA at IUCAA in the campus of University of Pune on the 15th February’14. The agenda for the daylong roundtable meeting was to outline and develop a national agenda for Universal Design in India, so all UD initiatives across the country can work towards common goals with synergy between all efforts.
The experts and researchers on Universal Design, who participated in the meeting were
Provost, Navrachana University, Vadodara
D J Academy of Design, Coimbatore
School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
National Institute of Design, Paldi
B N College of Architecture, Pune
Through the focused discussion ISSUES, THOUGHTS, REFLECTIONS, PROBLEMS, FUTURE POSSIBILITIES related to Universal Design were addressed. Key topics were identified for action namely Information, Outreach, Research and Development, Policy, Enforcement, Practise, Application, Education and training, Technology and theory of Universal Design. Further detailing of each topic was done to identify the WHAT’S AND HOW’S related to implementation and development each one of them.
A charter will be formulated after further work on it by the team on THE ROAD MAP OF MAINSTREAMING UNIVERSAL DESIGN IN INDIA.
Find below some glimpses of the event :
Sensitization workshop for Architecture students with EKANSH
2 day conference: ‘ONE’ – the Confluence – Beyond Disabilities, Infinite Possibilities