6th September 2010
NDA annual Conference
Shared Spaces Seminar 2010
Engineers Ireland, Education Centre, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
A seminar by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in Engineers Ireland on Shared Spaces was held on 6th September 2010. The seminar was attended by 130 engineers, architects, landscape architects and other professionals and advocates interested in the potential and challenges that shared spaces have to offer in the urban environment.
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09:30 - 10:00 Tea/Coffee and Registration
10:00 - 17:00 Seminar
Shared space is a traffic engineering concept which involves removing the traditional separation of motor vehicles and pedestrians, and removal of kerbs, lines, signs and signals. The purpose is to improve road safety by forcing users to negotiate their way through shared areas at appropriate speeds.
Shared surfaces, generally used within shared space schemes, can cause concern for blind and partially-sighted people, those with cognitive impairments and older people. As detailed guidance is not yet available on how to reconcile the shared space concept with some vulnerable groups of road users, caution is advised in designing such spaces without adequate regard to the safety issues for these users.
Shared Space seeks to achieve a Universally Accessible environment but;
By removing the barriers between pedestrians, cars, bicycles, trucks & buses is this really helping the pedestrian?
Is shared Space discriminating against some users? How to resolve that using a Universal Design process?
Is Shared Space still uncharted territory?
Is further research required?
This Seminar will be of interest to:
Engineers, Architects, Landscape Architects, Planners, Access Officers, Building Control Officers, Government Departments and Stakeholder Organisations.
Professor Rob Imrie - Professor of Geography at King's College London and Director of the Cities Group
Pieter de Haan - Shared Space Institute,Netherlands.
Eoghan Madden - Senior Engineer, Dublin City Council Roads & Transportation Department.
Rita Newton Co-Director at SURFACE, University of Salford, Manchester, England.
Keith Firth - BEng MIHT CMILT, Director of Traffic Engineering, Colin Buchanan Planning Consultants, Bristol, UK.
Mark Butt - Technical Director Mayer Brown Ltd
Neil Murphy MRIAI Senior Built Environment Advisor Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
Peter Monahan, PMCE Ltd and chair of the Roads and Transport Society, Engineers Ireland.
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