Today in the city of Nagoya (Japan), where the Conference of the International Association of Universal Design (IAUD) takes palace, the Concept "Barrier free environment in the historic center of Kuldiga" received the Gold Award. Prior to that the Concept worked out by the Baltic Architecture Center in collaboration with the Society "I see" and the support of the Kuldiga District Council was proclaimed by the International foundation "Design for All" among the outstanding practices of 2015 and received the highest European Award during the International Salon of Universal Design URBACCESS 2016 in Paris.
On May 20 2016 in the framework of the 21 th International Exhibition of Architecture and Design ARCH Moscow and 5-th Moscow Biennale of Architecture "Architecture and Life" President of the Baltic Architecture Center Aivija Barda and vice-president of the Foundation „Barrier-free City” Sergey Chisty will make presentation of the Concept and Manifesto of barrier-free environment in the historic center of Kuldiga (Latvia) and discuss the challenges in the field of accessible public space making. The presentation and discussion will be held from 16 to 19 am at the Architectural TV Club, Central House of Artists, Krymskiy val 10, floor 2, room 14.
NGO Baltic Architecture Centre with the Concept of barrier-free environment for the city of Kuldiga (Latvia) alongside with four other most prominent achievements in the field of Universal design in Europe was proclaimed winner of the International Design for All Foundation 2016 Awards at the International Universal Design interior URBACCESS 2016 exhibition in Paris. The success of the Concept was accompanied by the presentation of Kuldiga Manifesto of enviromental accessibility addressed to architects of Europe and the world.
Concept of barrier-free environment in the historic center of Kuldiga (Latvia) recognized as one of Europe’s best
International Design for All Foundation with central office in Barcelona has placed concept of barrier-free environment in the historic center of Kuldiga, Latvia, in the list of Best Practices 2015. The goal of the concept is to promote universal design principles in historical city center in order to make it accessible for people with disabilities of sight, hearing, mobility as well as mental disorders. According to website of the Design for All Foundation, thanks to the improvement of environmental quality, Kuldiga with its historic center will become one of the friendliest historic European cities for people with disabilities.