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MTalks – Disability, Human Rights and the Built Environment

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In early March 2022, Visionary Design Development hosted a curated and interactive MTalk exploring disability, human rights and the built environment. The event was hosted at MPavilion in Queen Victoria Gardens within an architect-designed pavilion commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. The event aimed to build the capacity of built environment designers to recognise the implications of duty-bearing
and accountability, investigating the intersections of disability, human rights and the built environment.

Dr. Peter Raisbeck – architect, author and academic at the University of Melbourne was the MC for the event which included his insightful spoken word performance titled ‘Disabled Howl — AS1428.1 2021 and all that jazz’. Other guest speakers included Dr. Raelene West – Social Researcher with a PhD in Sociology – Disability, Bernadette Egan – Architect with a Master of Laws (LLM) in International and Comparative Disability law and Policy, Tim Randall – Architect at Architecture and Access and Yvonne Meng – Architect and Director of Circle Studio Architects as well as being a PhD candidate at Monash University. Each speaker was provided the opportunity to share their own lived experience and insight into disability, human rights and the built environment and this was then followed by insightful panel discussions with wonderful contributions and interesting questions posed by the public. Discussions were summarised and further questions were posed by Professor Erin Wilson – Uniting Chair in Community Services Innovation, Swinburne University and Uniting Victoria Tasmania.

Listen to the recording of the event or via your favourite podcast app.

Many thanks to MPavilion for providing a wonderful space, our fabulous speakers and the members of the public for being a part of the conversation. We look forward to hosting more events in the future and facilitating interdisciplinary discussions at the intersection of disability, human rights and the built environment.

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