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Designing for Inclusivity and Community

Architecture is much more than the aesthetics of a building. More than ever, architects are thinking about form, function, and the social and environmental context of their work. The global Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we inhabit, use and view the architecture and environments around us. In a matter of months, we have seen a seismic shift in the way that we think about what cities are for and how they impact the way we live, work and come together. The ‘new normal’ has created a catalyst for architects and built environment professionals to question and rethink the social implications of architecture and place during this challenging time.

Now, an inclusive and community-centred approach to the planning, design and management is central to architecture, taking the opportunity to reflect the diversity of people and activities that inhabit and take place in our cities. Inclusive environments work better for everyone and it is vital to connect and engage with architects and the broader community, to discuss the responsibility of architects in fostering a sense of inclusivity and community through design.

The session brings together architects from China and the UK to share their thinking and best practices in inclusive design and architecture.

It was also a part of #ConnectedbyCreativity UK-China Contemporary Culture festival organised by the British Council in October 2020. It was made possible with the contribution from the following guest speakers and thanks to our British Sign Language Interpreter Dionne Thomas to make this video more accessible.