India: In the Spirit of Independence

Barrier Free Architecture: Seminar in Pune ( NIASA + Ekansh)

The National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture along with Ekansh are organizing a seminar in Pune, India from 19th to 22nd at the CDSA campus. 

The schedule is as follows: 

19th July 2010: Shivani Gupta: Architect and tireless advocate for Inclusive Environments. Founder partner of AccessAbility, Delhi 

Expertise: With a double graduation in Hotel Management and Architecture, and a PG degree in Inclusive Environments from UK under her belt, Shivani Gupta is a well known Access Consultant in India.Shivani has authored several subject books on accessibility which are widely used as resource manuals by the practicing architects and designers. 
Topic: Accessibility beyond physical access, Useability, Universal Design, The present legal framework for Accessibility and the future trends. 

20th July 2010: Abhishek Ray: Architect and Co-founder of 'Disability Research and Design Foundation', Mumbai 

Areas of expertise: Universal design and Accessibility 
Topic: Universal Design on the urban streetscape, inclusion in the culture sector: Museums and less observed sports and marina facilities. 

21st July 2010: Parul Kumtha: Architect, teaches an elective on Inclusive Architecture at Sir J.J. College of Architecture 

Expertise: Barrier free design solutions for existing public institutions. Is a parent, founding member and trustee of the parent support group 'Forum for Autism'. 
Topic: Designing for the differently abled. 

22nd July 2010: Radhika Vaidya: Architect: Athashri Residential Projects. Working partner with Aniruddha Vaidya and Associates 

Expertise: Residential homes and spaces for the elderly and disabled 
Topic: Special housing and residential spaces for the elderly and disabled. Site visit: Athashri 

DRDF will be represented by Nilesh Singit, Abhishek Ray and Prabeen Kumar Bebarta on the second day of the seminar. 

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