Architecture for All – Inclusive public spaces and buildings Allen Kong, Architect

The quality of the built environment has a strong influence on the quality of people’s lives. Buildings and spaces that are designed inclusively, contribute to breaking down barriers. They can greatly enhance a person’s mobility, their sense of belonging and security, their health and well-being. They contribute also to the strengthening of communities whilst responding to the needs of people of all ages and abilities. The challenge for architects today is to ensure that the built environment will facilitate the active participation and independence of all.  This presentation will show how the international case studies meet the concept of universal design and inclusion within the public realm and new buildings.

Examples of places included in the presentation will be: Paseo Puerta de Tierra, Puerto Rico ; Rehabilitation of Karpenisi Town Center  Greece; Kwun Tong Promenade ; Hong Kong and the Project of Liaodong Bay Citizen Activity Center and Wetland Park China. Examples of new buildings will include: BE Friendly Spaces; Mạo Khê, tx. Đông Triều, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam; Amanenomori Nursery School, Japan: Coláiste Ailigh  Ireland: and Jungle Flower School Vietnam.  These international perspectives will show the varying opportunities that different regions have to implement inclusive design practices.