3rd International Conference for Universal Design 2010 in Hamamatsu
The International Association for Universal Design (IAUD, Patron HIH Prince Tomohito of Mikasa) is organising the ‘3rd International Conference for Universal Design 2010’ in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture (Japan) from October 30th to November 3rd 2010.
Japan's first international Universal Design Conference was held in Yokohama in November 2002. The resulting main idea taken on the last day of the enormously successful conference was that Universal Desing signifies the building of a comprehensive social environment that respects the dignity of each individual by redefining relations between the user, the designer and the producer.
With the experience of an elder population ahead of other countries, Japan has the responsibility to build a model society safe and secure, not just for an increasing number of seniors but for people with disabilities, children and expectant mothers, and ethnic groups who have different languages and diverse cultures. If we want this to happen, it is essential that we have designs that incorporate facility and diversity to ensure that no one is unfairly excluded due to age, gender, origin or because they lack skills and capacity.
IAUD was established inheriting the principles adopted at the Yokohama Conference. The ‘2nd International Conference for Universal Design’ was organized and took place in KYOTO in 2006. The ancient capital of Kyoto is where past and present fuse, and where new values continue to be created. It was in the very hall where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted that, through a positive exchange of ideas, IAUD was propelled to reaffirm that the global challenges of creating a humane and sustainable social environment were indeed those of UD.
The innovation and creation born of Universal Design’s new commitment to develop a human-centered social environment, which at the same time will protect the ecosystem from an excessive anthropogenic burden, will not only benefit all of us living today, but will contribute greatly to humankind’s future and that of the global environment.
This International Conference will have for its theme ‘For the People and the Earth of Tomorrow - Towards a Sustainable Co-existence’. Through the constructive and active exchange of ideas and the experience of participants from far and near the aim is to realize a better UD society with spontaneous and sustainable individual contributions.
More information and registration: http://www.ud2010.net/registration/en_index.html
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