Department of Interior Architecture

IFI WID – IFI World Interiors Day 2017: Interior Design for Generations

An EVENT from EMU–DIA   (Eastern Mediterranean University – Department of Interior Architecture)

for IFI WID – IFI  World Interiors Day 2017: Interior Design for Generations

SPACES FOR EVERYONE!

The Department of Interior Architecture in Eastern Mediterranean University celebrates World Interiors Day 2017 by arranging an exhibition of student photographs related to a protest against public spaces which do not consider the needs of various user groups from various generations.

Under the suggested IFI theme of “Interior Design for Generations” for this year’s World Interiors Day, a group of students guided by Assist. Prof. Dr. Guita Farivarsadri in the Department of Interior Architecture in Eastern Mediterranean University decided to celebrate this day, by organizing an activity aiming to raise the awareness of everybody including the people living in their city and also our students as future interior designers, about the need of various groups of users in public interior and exterior spaces. They also raised their voice against insensitive designs in their city which do not consider the needs of everybody.

In this process each group of students first chose a group of user (including children, elderly, wheelchair users, short people, bicycle users, mothers with baby pram, autistics, etc.). Then they made a study about what the needs of users are and the problems they face in various spaces through experiencing empathy.  They also made a study to find out what should be the proper quality of spaces, so that these users use these spaces more comfortably. As the next stage, they made templates which contained words such as: “I cannot use here” or “have you ever tried to walk here?” Or “how can I come down from here?” etc. with symbols and pictographs of their user groups. Then they painted their slogans, or hanged them in the places in the city, which could not be used by their groups due to design problems. At the last stage of this event they took the photographs of their works and exhibited them in the Faculty’s main atrium. 

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