Denmark is internationally known for its high level of welfare. But the ideals and social policy goals have proved difficult to realize in practice as people with disabilities still face challenges in a variety of situations. Housing is one of them.
Many young people with disabilities live in municipal accommodation units, especially those with an extensive need for support. Despite good intentions, this housing form causes stigmatization. Whether people have an autism diagnosis, are blind, or use a wheelchair, they should have the best possible conditions for living an independent life, pursuing their dreams, and contributing to society. And architecture plays a key role in assuring that this can be realized.
Looking at concrete examples, we will discuss how architectural design can contribute to avoiding a division between ‘them and us’ and instead designing for a ‘we’. Researchers’ findings and young people’s lived experiences are merged in an open conversation about homes designed for people with support needs.
How do we create a society in which people with and without disabilities have equal opportunities? Is Universal Design a useful tool in the process or what else might be needed to ensure real inclusion? How can architecture help create a society with room for everyone, where no one is left behind?
Sessions labelled with Next Gen are curated by students and young professionals.