Visionary Design Development
At the start of an exciting new year, here at Visionary Design Development we reflect on the accomplishments and completed projects of 2009.
These include the completion of construction of three architectural projects; an inner city extension restricted by height and heritage considerations, the extension of the machine room/workshop at a Special School and the building of new entrances at a college at LaTrobe University.
Once again we provided co-ordination and curating services to ADEC (Action, Disability, Ethnicity, Community) by running their prestigious yearly exhibition ArtAbility - works by artists with a disability from an ethnic background.
The theme this year was ‘Home’ and over eighty artists contributed 140 works for exhibition in The Atrium at Federation Square for a week over November-December. Highlight of the event was the official opening at which a number of artists received awards and certificates for their outstanding work
During August, Ralph and Mary Ann delivered ‘An Accessible Built Environment’, a short course developed by Visionary Design Development, to a group of trainee water and sanitation workers from East Timor. The course was delivered under the auspices of the Nossal Institute for Global Health and proved to be a resounding success, each participant taking away an extensive set of resources that included a CD-rom of the entire course content.
In May 2009, Mary Ann joined a construction industry trade mission to South America, participating in a dozen meetings with regional delegates over four major cities. A highlight of this trip was a meeting with Dr. Gerardo Sola at the Australian Embassy in Buenos Aires, at which VDD made a donation to Fundación Pilotos Solidarios, an NGO providing health care to remote areas by motorcycle, of which Dr. Sola is CEO.
2010 begins with a flurry of architectural projects; some in the construction stage, others nearing completion.
Several multi-unit developments join our current project list and upcoming is a design project to provide wheelchair and disabled access to a community arts venue.
On the international front, work intensifies on providing disabled access to the Fred Hollows Eye Clinic, sited within the Pacific Memorial Hospital, Suva, Fiji.
A further development in this project is an approach by AusAID to implement a pilot study of the Universal Mobility Index - an introductory theoretical and methodological framework for a Universal Mobility Index (UMI) to quantify, compare and longitudinally track access provision in the built environment of developed and developing countries. This will necessitate close collaboration between VDD personnel and local disabled groups in Suva.
Visionary Design Development is currently accepting projects in the fields of architecture and design, project co-ordination, disability access and research and community development. A highly qualified and enthusiastic team are happy to discuss your requirements in person.