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  • Creating an Inclusive Architectural Intervention as a research Space to Explore Community Wellbeing

Bichard, Jo-Anne, Alwani, Ralf, Raby, Elizabeth, West, Jonathan and Spencer, Jak, 2018, Book Section, Creating an Inclusive Architectural Intervention as a research Space to Explore Community Wellbeing In: Langdon, Pat, Lazar, Jonathan, Heylighen, Ann and Dong, Hua, (eds.) Breaking Down Barriers: Usability, Accessibility and Inclusive Design. Springer Nature . Springer, Cham Switzerland, pp. 3-15. ISBN 978-3-319-75027-9

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Abstract: This paper outlines a two-year active design research project coordinated in collaboration with Public Health Northern Ireland and set in the city of Derry/Londonderry to explore how inclusive design methodologies can produce interventions to improve community wellbeing. The research focuses on the waterfront of the River Foyle and how an inclusive architectural intervention challenged the areas’ negative associations. In the last decade, the waterfront has become synonymous with mental health crisis and suicide. This has led to the phrase “I'm ready for the Foyle” becoming embedded within the communities’ language as a colloquial term for stress. This project seeks to extend inclusive design within the community, creating wellbeing spaces around the bridges and banks of the river, with outcomes focused on drawing people to the area as a place of celebration and life affirming activities. The project has helped to develop Inclusive Design as a means of engaging a whole city in the redesign of public spaces for improved wellbeing.

Official URL: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319750279
Subjects: Architecture > K900 Others in Architecture
School or Centre: Research Centres > Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
Funders: Public Health Northern Ireland
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-75028-6
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 12:28
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 12:28
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4163
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