Margaret Ward presented the inaugural Robert Jones Memorial Oration in Brisbane in 2014. She recounts the life of Robert Jones and his dream to make public spaces and places accessible to everyone. Margaret challenges popular assumptions about how accessible housing will be achieved using the evidence from her PhD study on the private housing market.
Download the pdf version: Margaret Ward Robert Jones Memorial Lecture 2014,
Download the Word version: Margaret Ward Robert Jones Memorial Lecture 2014
For people who are interested in ICF related research, this universal design guidance demonstrates how the World Health Organisation, International Classification of Functioning, Health and Disability (ICF) can be applied to the development of design guidance standards by using a set of linking rules along with related classifications to represent the interaction of human functions, activities, and environmental factors. The document can be downloaded here.
See also Steinfeld and Danford’s crosswalk of UD principles with the ICF
Jane Bringolf prepared a 2000 word version of her PhD thesis for the FICCDAT Conference held in Toronto, Canada in 2011. In short the research question asked why we are still building and designing homes as if none of us is ever going to grow old. The simple answer is that the industry runs on regulations to hold the house building system together, so nothing will change without regulations. Read the paper to find out more about the complexities of the house building industry and resistance to change.
(FICCDAT is, Festival of International Conferences on Caring, Disability, Aging and Technology and is held every five years.) You can also download the slide show from the conference UD Australian Housing Bringolf slideshow