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Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

Sunday, March 7, 2012
《International Symposium》Designing Inclusive Environments and Services for Lifelong Learning and Care

  • Date: March 4, 2012 (Sunday) 9:30-17:00
  • Venue: 4th Seminar Room, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Language: Japanese / English (Simultaneous Translation)
  • Capacity: 60 people (Registration required)
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The purpose of this symposium is to discuss the role of ‘Inclusive design’ for care and learning in the community from the viewpoint of producing an environment where people can live together and share their time. We need to understand what the problems are and develop an environment where they can be solved when we practice care and learning. We discuss the methods for the realization of care and learning. This symposium will especially focus on the practices in museums and art galleries, including the programs and space devoted to the sharing of experiences. However, some presentations will introduce the concept of social engagement designed for cooperation between disabled and other peoples, instead of unidirectional supporting.

*Inclusive design
The term ‘Inclusive design’ was advanced as a new concept of design in Europe, especially in the U.K., in the 1990’s, while the concept of ‘Universal design’ was formed in the 1980’s in the U.S.A. Inclusive design has mainly been focusing on issues of age, ability, health, labor, and other inner city problems that modern society needs to contend with at the present and in the future.


9:30 - 9:50 Opening Remarks  
9:50 - 12:10 Session1 Care and Joy: The Art Museum and Social Action
 Gillian WOLFE (Dulwich Picture Gallery in London)
A Method for Mapping Issue: A Database of Visitor's Insight
 FUJII Tomoaki (Kyushu University)
Touch for Understanding Objects: Hands-on Exhibition of Material Culture Study
 NOBAYASHI Atsushi (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
12:10 - 13:10 Lunch  
13:15 - 15:35 Session 2 The Design of Multi-sensory Environments for Learning and Leisure
 Mike AYERS (Mike Ayers Design)
Design Research for Relational Dignity: On Universality and Diversity
 MIZUNO Daijirou (Kyoto Uniersity of Art & Design)
Future of Social Business in Art and Design
 HARIMA Yasuo (Tanpopo-no-ye Foundation)
15:55 - 16:55 General Discussion 《Comments》
MANABE Toru (Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History)
16:55 - 17:00 Closing Remarks