ACCESS TO ALL
April 13th - 22nd, 2009
The exhibition was produced as a result of students’ work during the elective course “Access to All” at Master graduate studies at the Faculty of Architecture – University of Belgrade.
British Council Serbia started “Access to All – The culture of equality” project in 2007, sponsored by British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and, as a part of it and in collaboration with Faculty of Architecture – University of Belgrade, a new elective subject was created. The basis for starting up the activities within this project was the promotion of a new social model that would contribute to the change of general perception of people with disabilities (though without real statistic data, World Health Organization estimates that there are currently around 750,000 people with disabilities living in Serbia). This model is expected to change people with disabilities from passive, long-term social help dependants into active social participants that fulfill their rights to choice, equality and equal access to public services and resources. Moreover, the essence of this social model is an adaptation of the existing services and integration of the inclusion concept into the development of the new ones.
The projects created during the “Access to All” course deal with the problem of architectural barriers as places that disable the integration of these categories of people, making them dependant on others’ help. In particular, these designs are trying to propose new, inclusive spaces within different spatial entities of the central urban core of Belgrade – a part of the Kralj Aleksandar Boulevard between the Monument of Vuk and Church of St. Mark.
The curriculum of the elective subject was created by teachers of the Faculty of Architecture prof. Dragana Vasiljević Tomić Ph.D., Prof. Mariela Cvetić MA, and teaching assistant Tatjana Karabegović.