Interesting conference on design

I am sending this out through my blog as I think it’s a fascinating aspect of special needs – to consider the spaces we live in and move through. As a student at Art College I studied interior design and learnt key design principles which had been proved in my work life as I firmly believe that good design raises well being and acheivement . I have see this for myself as pupils with complex autism raised their Behaviour in an environment designed for them. Should be an interesting conference:-

Apologies if you already know, but incase you don’t, I’m organising a Schumacher Institute “Designing Environments as if People Matter?” conference in London on the 15th November.   
Perhaps you, your colleagues and contacts will be interested?
Environments as if People 

15 November 2016, 
Coin Street Conference Centre,
London SE1 9NH

The Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems and MEM are delighted to have teamed up to launch a London-based conference series under the banner of “People Matter.”
There are many pressing challenges facing society today – health, housing, work styles, economy, climate change and resource depletion to name but a few. Consequently, policy makers and professionals are poised to instigate major infrastructure investments and urban/settlement expansion in order to alleviate the challenges that we all face during coming years. However, there is a significant risk that mistakes of the past will be repeated if a collaborative and robust people-focused approach is not taken. 
How can we avoid these mistakes? We are actively bringing together a variety speakers at this conference to cover topics such as health, housing and work. Cross-cutting themes will include resilient communities; engagement and inclusion; and sustainable social, economic and environmental ecosystems. 
Full details are on our website, but in brief our programme includes: 
People Matter – Keynote Presentation

– Paul Morrell
The Fourth Industrial Revolution

– Paul Fletcher, through…
Inclusive Design Education and Training – Do you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver inclusion in all your projects?

– Julie Fleck, OBE MRTPI
Designing communities for an ageing society

– Tony Watts, Hartley Watts Communications
Rethinking Parks

– Lydia Ragoonanan, Innovation Lab
Engagement and Involvement

– Michael Kohn, Stickyworld
Sustainable Quality of Life in Social Housing

– Paull Robothan, Aequus Developments
The day will be chaired by Michael Clinton and Steve Maslin of The Schumacher Institute
Who should attend? 

Professionals involved in architecture and planning, social housing, workplace design and management, health and education estates, environmental health, the health service, equality and access, sustainability, energy and transport. 
Early Bird Registration is open now at the rate of £185 + VAT. To view full details of this event and to reserve your place please click here.
We hope to see you there!
Kind regards
Steve Maslin RIBA NRAC FSI

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