EMU Architecture Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Da?l? Releases a Statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Good designs are equalitarian

Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Architecture Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Ugur Ulas Dagli released a statement on the 3rd of December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The statement which emphasized that the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a day that aims to draw attention to the problems faced by those with disabilities reads as follows:

To our regret, most of the problems faced by those with disabilities are caused by environmental design. It is for this reason that responsibility is shared between decision makers and those whose profession it is to design structures. Good designs are those which are responsible and humanistic.

Only with an equalitarian approach that appeals to all segments of society can cities, buildings and living spaces become more habitable for those with disabilities. We mustn’t forget that designs that will make life easier for disabled people will contribute to everybody’s lives. Inclusive designs appeal to all segments of society such as children, the elderly and the pregnant. Ramps for public transportation and buildings don’t only help those in wheelchairs and crutches but also those pushing prams or carrying heavy objects.

Unfortunately, our towns and public domains are not convenient for many groups of society. Streets, schools, work spaces and recreation areas are often not accessible to disabled people. For this reason they cannot be as socially active as other citizens. This can only be changed by inclusive, human-centred design approaches.

In this regard, the EMU Architecture Faculty is aware of its responsibility as we try to raise our students to be aware and well-informed architects of the future. We are also prepared to actively participate in projects that aim to make our country and towns more accessible to everyone.

Source: Eastern Mediterranean University