Launch of the IDEaR Centre, King Mongkut Institute of Technology, Thailand

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Between January 11th and 17th, Rob Imrie visited the Department of Interior Architecture at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Thailand, for the opening of a new inclusive design research centre called IDEaR. The initiative is impressive and it is underpinned by a commitment to engagement between academics, disabled people, and others in the community with a stake in seeking to create an inclusively designed environment in Thailand. The Centre launch was on Thursday January 14th and included speeches by the President of KMITL, the Centre Director, Dr Antika Sawadsri, and by Dr Prakasit Kayasit from Thai Health Promotion Foundation. In addition, Rob gave a presentation about the ERC project and fielded a host of interesting and insightful questions. On Friday January 15th, a one day workshop on inclusive design was held to celebrate the new Centre, including papers by Rob, Rose Gilroy (University of Newcastle) and Brittany Perez (University of Buffalo). The event was marked by a series of project presentations of mini-projects from the IDEaR Unit network, including some excellent work about self-help inclusive building programmes by local builders.