21ST CENTURY LIFE CALLS FOR A FRESH DESIGN APPROACH.
WE'VE DESIGNED A DIFFERENT KIND OF CONFERENCE.
Three expert organizations have agreed to hold their annual conferences at the same time, at the same venue, with the shared purpose of making a larger collective impact and supporting rural innovation at all levels. Many other organizations are contributing their expertise as well, making this event one of the most diverse opportunities to network, learn, and share critical information useful to people working at all levels for positive change.
One registration will allow conferees full access to any and all sessions offered during the rural innovation-focused triple header event. Conferees can register as a general conference participant, or can choose to affiliate with Universal Design Today, Create West Virginia, or Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development’s (NERCRD) What Works.
Organizers include PATHS, the Creative Communities Network’s Create West Virginia, RL Mace Universal Design Institute, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities and the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.
Each organization brings its perspective and expertise to the conversation. Collectively, this event addresses Universal Design, rural housing issues; smart-growth; aging-in-place; economic and community development, planning, research and practical application; as well as education, tech transfer, business-to-business and consumer awareness-building. Because design is fundamental to everything we use to live and learn, this is a "how-it-all-works-together-for-a-better-life-and-business" conference. While housing, community design and education are core areas of focus, innovation, research, technology, placemaking and consumer interaction will be strong themes throughout the conference and the exhibitors' area.
WHERE AND WHEN
The UD_Today, Create WV, and What Works conferences will begin on Monday, May 15 and conclude on Wednesday, May 17 in Charleston, West Virginia, USA. The charming little river city of Charleston was chosen to host this conference because of its desirable geographic proximity to major population centers and its openness to serving as the conference's design lab. Speakers and conferees are encouraged to stay longer to take advantage of post-conference sessions, networking opportunities and maybe even some area attractions and recreational activities.
OUR GOAL IS TO TRANSFER CRITICALLY USEFUL INFORMATION TO PEOPLE WHO NEED IT THE MOST
Conference organizers are committed to liberating the practice of Universal Design - distinct from ADA compliance - extending beyond built environment concerns, and unleashing them into the wilds of many other design-driven disciplines. Our goal is to equip a wide range of people to incorporate universal design and innovation-driven strategies into all aspects of housing, education, community planning, technical and non-technical product/program development, to improve how we "live and learn." Conference organizers are reaching out to an unprecedented mix of people with wide ranging design, building, education, planning, user experience (UX), and economic/community development and expertise to create a live-action design conference that makes UD and innovation-economy development habit forming, contagious and everyday household terms.
We invite you to meet us May 15-16-17, 2017 and plan for an extraordinary exchange of ideas and plans.
HOW DO WE (RE)CREATE BUILDINGS, COMMUNITIES, LEARNING PLACES, PROGRAMS AND PRODUCTS FOR 21st CENTURY PEOPLE?
With Universal Design.
Universal Design (UD) was first described by Ronald L. Mace as the concept of designing all products and the built environment to be aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.
“Today, the practice of UD has expanded beyond the built environment. UD is widely acknowledged by top educators, designers, technologists, product developers and business leaders as the best approach to create a world that is more user friendly and attractive to everyone."
-Richard Duncan, RL Mace Universal Design Institute