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Include Asia 2013

2-3 July 2013, Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong, China

Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design

Organised by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) and the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Include Asia 2013 took place on 2-3 July 2013 in Hong Kong, China.The conference was held at the Hotel Icon, Hong Kong. It was organised in partnership with the Hong Kong Design Centre and the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and marked a major international departure for the Include series after six successful conferences in London.

Include Asia 2013 formed part of HKDC's Knowledge of Design Week 2013 and drew in new design researchers and practitioners from south-east Asia to the Include network.

Paper proposals for Include Asia 2013 were on the theme of Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design.

Researchers and practitioners were asked to consider the role of inclusive design within the context of emerging global challenges such as ageing populations, rising healthcare costs and climate change and the need for local tailored solutions for individuals and communities.

The paradigm shift was explored from scaling up (the main driver of design over the past 50 years, through mass manufacturing, global branding and so on) to 'scaling down' to meet specific human needs.

Paper proposals contributed to inclusive design theory, provided examples of empirical research or user case studies (design stories) and illustrated how, when and why an inclusive design approach addressed wider challenges and/or local needs.

Include Asia 2013 was a forum for the exchange of ideas, academic research projects and models of best practice from the global community of those engaged in inclusive design. Accepted papers are published online in the Include Asia 2013 proceedings.

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