The concept of designing for ‘dignity’ is more than just meeting DDA compliance. It is about how designing with empathy can deliver a better experience of inclusion. This approach involves moving beyond traditional reliance on technical specifications of design elements in codes and standards and really understanding user needs.
To achieve the authentic experience of dignified, equitable access, requires raising awareness for the range of actors involved in the design process, particularly in contextualizing the real, day-to-day lived experiences of people with a condition.
The Design for Dignity Guidelines are primarily aimed at designers at the design briefing stage and focus on building awareness on the breadth of design considerations to not only to meet the needs of people with visual, mobility or cognitive conditions, but also the needs of an ageing population and people with young children.
This session outlines the process undertaken in developping the Guidelines and their application to the public domain and commercial offices spaces at Barangaroo South precinct, Sydney.