2-3 July 2013, Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong, China
Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design
Kathryn Firth is Chief of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation, UK. An architect and urban designer with over 25 years of experience, Kathryn Firth has worked on a range of master planning and urban regeneration projects in the US, Europe, the Middle East and the UK. She has also been involved in research projects that inform both practice and policy such as the spatial and social dynamics of streets and public spaces, and how urban density affects neighbourhood perception. She attained her Bachelor of Architecture in Toronto and, after practicing for a decade, went on to do a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Kathryn has taught at several universities in Canada, the USA and the UK. She ran the MSc City Design and Social Science at the LSE Cities Programme for six years.
Her keynote presentation at Include Asia 2013 explored how the venues, parkland and infrastructure of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games offered a unique opportunity to transform a part of London for the better. Her talk illustrated the ambitious vision for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding areas. Kathryn highlighted inclusive design initiatives that resulted from engagement, best practice and the desire to retain the positive distinctive qualities of east London. It also touched upon the role of design codes, planning and policy.
Dan Formosa (Smart Design, USA) has developed successful products and services in many categories. With an undergraduate degree in product design and a Doctorate in ergonomics and biomechanics, he focuses on ways design can improve our lives. Doing this requires that we first understand people. Starting his career, Dan was a member of the team that designed IBM's first personal computer. In 1980 he helped establish Smart Design, dedicated to exploring ways in which design can positively impact people's lives. Dan's work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The title of his presentation was 'How Design Can Save the World'.
Rama Gheerawo is Deputy Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. He leads the Centre's Age & Ability research lab He writes, curates exhibitions and runs workshops for audiences ranging from students to business executives, from California to China. Knowledge exchange is a key focus, building on over 100 projects with organisations including BlackBerry, Samsung and Toyota. He believes that socially-inclusive design can transform people's lives.
Keiji Kawahara is Executive Director at the International Association for Universal Design and President, KIDStudio Corporation, Japan. Keiji graduated from the Dept of Industrial Design at the Kyushu Institute of Design in Japan in 1975, and from RCA in 1980. He has devoted himself to designing human-centred products for people with disabilities for nearly 30 years. Keiji founded the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) in 2003, which has a 116 member companies. He was appointed as a Professor at Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences in 2006. His presentation, set in the context of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011, explored the idea of universal design as respecting the humanity of each and every individual.
Paul Thompson is the Rector of the Royal College of Art, the world's oldest art school in continuous operation, and the only art and design university in the UK operating exclusively at postgraduate level. Prior to 2009, Paul was Director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York (from 2001-2009), and Director of the Design Museum in London (from 1993-2001). His presentation will describe the impact of the Cooper-Hewitt's 'Design for the Other 90%' initiative and explain how its key ideas related