IAKS LAC co-organized accessibility seminar in Chile, 28-29 November 2019
Together with the “Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile” IAKS LAC organized the seminar “Accessibility for Recreation, Leisure and Sport” which took place in Santiago de Chile from 28-29 November 2019. The event was supported by UIA (International Union of Architects), AENOR (Asociación Española de Normalización y Certificación), Cities4All (Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities), and the National Olympic Committee of Chile.
An average of 50 professionals per day met for presentations in the morning and workshops in the afternoon. IAKS LAC Vice President Agustín García Puga from Argentina shared his experiences on accessibility at sports facilities. Architect Eduardo Elkouss from Spain reported on the work program “Architecture for all” giving a very interesting presentation on “Sustainable mobility: Cycleways and pedestrian circuits”. Two speeches were presented via videoconference. Berta Liliana Brusilovsky, working as research architect of the cognitive spectrum of universal accessibility, informed about "Architecture: Brain and Mind. Accessibility in environments and buildings". AENOR Manager Juan Novillo spoke about "Accessibility at Spanish sports venues".
The participants liked the setting of Santiago de Chile, which will be hosting the 2023 Parapan American Games.
Group picture with board members of the “Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile” and IAKS LAC; Carlos Kaiser Mansilla (4th from left, representative of the Network for Inclusive Disaster Risk Management and Disability in Latin America and the Caribbean, winner of the 2014 Risk Award) and Eduardo Elkouss (3rd from right - Regional Director UIA RIII, "Architecture for All" work program).