Freiland-Ausstellung im „Naturpark Südgelände“ mit haptischem Erlebnis

© Grün Berlin: Frank Sperling

Wer alle Nutzer begeistern will, lässt sie begreifen! Was unerlässlich ist für blinde Menschen, ist nebenbei ein beliebter Mehrwert auch für sehende Besucher jeden Alters. Sind taktile Elemente Teil der Ausstellung, fühlen sich alle Besucher angezogen und die Hände wandern forschend über die lehrreichen Inhalte.

Nur Ausstellungen mit taktilen und dreidimensionalen Exponaten erfüllen erst die Anforderungen des „Design for All“, des „Guten Designs“ (Dieter Rams) und die rechtlichen Anforderungen der Barrierefreiheit.

Im Berliner „Naturpark Südgelände“ konnte ich mit meinem Beratungsauftrag die senatseigene Grün Berlin GmbH unterstützen und so ein fantastisches Ausstellungsprojekt für die Nutzer und für den Kunden auf den Weg bringen, konstruktiv begleiten und erfolgreich abschließen. Bereits bei der Ausschreibung und Konzeption konnten so die Weichen für eine voll integrierte Umsetzung gestellt werden. Hier wurde nicht im Nachhinein die Frage gestellt, wie man nun die Barrierefreiheit hinzufügt, sondern es konnte ein schlüssiges und damit ästhetisch einwandfreies Designkonzept entwickelt werden.

Die Ausstellung beinhaltet über ein Dutzend Tafeln zu den Themen lokale Flora, Fauna und Technik. Besuchenswert für Alle! Viel Spaß!

Alle Fotos: © Grün Berlin/Frank Sperling

© Grün Berlin: Frank Sperling
Exponattafeln der didaktischen Freilandausstellung mit taktilen Elementen des Naturparks
© Grün Berlin: Frank Sperling
Ein kleines Kind entdeckt begeistert das taktile Modell des Naturschutzsymbols Waldohreule (Künstler Stephan Hüsch)
© Grün Berlin: Frank Sperling
Tische mit taktilem Übersichtsplan und technischen Sehenswürdigkeiten des Naturparks
© Grün Berlin: Frank Sperling
Die Hände einer blinden Frau erkunden eine taktile Grafik zur Lauterzeugung von Heuschrecken

 

 

 

Why museums must adopt a culture of accessibility

Beyond compliance with legal requirements: Museums must consider accessibility and inclusion as a permanent obligation. Access to social heritage and culture can be considered a fundamental right of all people, regardless of their identity or possibilities.

Museum professionals have a duty to facilitate access and make appropriate adjustments. Access is not limited to the needs of people with physical disabilities. Some groups have needs that may not be seen. All forms of disability, including reduced mobility, visual or hearing impairments, learning difficulties, limited strength or mobility, and language and communication difficulties must be taken into account.

Respecting equal access and inclusion in museums goes beyond compliance: it is about doing the „right thing“ now.

It is about ensuring that equal access is embedded in the culture and structures of the organisation and should not be seen as an „extra service“.

The responsibility thus assumed is also forward-looking and cost-effective for the museum. By understanding the needs of visitors and ensuring that these are taken into account in the preparation of the visit and from the start of new projects, no corrections, adaptations or parallel worlds are necessary.

#goinclusive can help museums to make their collections, buildings, programmes and services accessible to the entire public and has done so in many cases over the years. #goinclusive has supported numerous projects with creative and innovative approaches to improve access and promote inclusive practice in museums. Over the years, we have consistently pursued innovative ways to break down barriers and expand the participation of different audiences and visitors.

Simple, cost-effective things you can do include: Forward planning. User involvement and participation to find solutions. Working with organizations that support people with disabilities. Training and raising staff awareness of equality and diversity, including disability awareness training. We would be happy to advise and support you in these steps towards the realisation of your projects.

why you need an accessibility consultant

Accessibility is known to be mandatory for public buildings and buildings with public access.

It is often mistakenly assumed that this refers to wheelchair accessibility, but of course it goes far beyond that.

About 30 % of the German population (and this is calculated conservatively) are not within the „norm range“ of DIN, but depend on accessibility of various kinds. These 30% are extremely diverse. This shows that attention is required if one does not want to risk that many people feel excluded or are actually physically excluded. In the ideal case, however, we are not talking about corrections or additions being adapted retrospectively, but about an awareness being developed during the design process in order to produce good, aesthetic and impeccable „design for all“.

Of course, we know accessibility in everyday life without perceiving it: The seat and steering wheel position of a car can be changed for accessibility only. The typewriter, the straw, the bicycle, the touch screen, the pizza cutter, audio books and much more are based solely on considerations to support people with handicaps in an activity.

Barrier-free designs do not require any compromises in aesthetics (unfortunately this is a widespread prejudice). Accessibility is not ugly but a concept and design tool and design basis.

My task is to be a motivating contributor of ideas and a point of contact between clients, architects, interior, product and graphic designers, who has an eye on the diversity of the people out there and thus makes comprehensive solutions possible. Ideally, I’m involved in the design process at an early stage in the meetings – to bring in the idea and the enthusiasm for the project. A kick-off meeting to raise awareness in advance makes a lot of sense. During the actual implementation there are always a lot of questions and a learning process starts.

Factors for accessibility are cognitive understanding, optics and blindness, age, mobility, height, acoustics and hearing impairment or deafness, mobility, phobias, orientation and much more. Of course, this also applies to living spaces, housing estates, public squares and parks, museums and exhibitions, schools, event rooms, malls, hospitals and much more.

I hope to have clarified the idea and the background. Design and architecture without this background is not really possible and is hardly welcomed in the current competitions.

Therefore every architecture and design office needs knowledge and empathy to create good solutions.

Current references:

  • Museum Lichtenberg;
  • Senate of Berlin, public park and nature park exhibition;
  • German Museum of Technology, accessible art education,
  • AOK Nordost, accessibility and orientation system in counselling centres and medical centre;
  • Prevention centre VBG BGW Hamburg Accessible guidance and orientation system;

We offer a unique tactile printing technology

Simulation einer Ölgemäldestruktur

Our unrivalled printing technology allows us to produce artwork in full colour range in any tactile structure. It is ideally suited for the presentation of works of art and for tactile graphics.

The final exhibit is hard and therefore has minimal abrasion by touch, and has a high to medium resistance to vandalism. The reproduction is very inexpensive.

We ensure low effort and low cost of production for replacement and exchange in case something has been damaged.

Simulation einer Ölgemäldestruktur
Simulation einer Ölgemäldestruktur
Simulation einer Holzstruktur
Simulation einer Holzstruktur

 


 

Consulting mandate for the new construction of the VBG BGW Prevention Centre in Hamburg

Architektursimulation

(Foto: Auer Weber Assoziierte)

The Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH Identity Architects commissioned Steffen Zimmermann as a consultant for accessibility for the planning and design of the new centre of excellence in Hafencity of the two associations VBG and BGW

The new centre is to be a beacon project for accessibility and future and trend-setting preventive work.

The Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege (BGW) and the Verwaltungs-Berufsgenossenschaft (VBG) are the building owners and operators in Hamburg HafenCity. From 2022, they intend to launch new qualification, event and consulting services there, among other things, and make it possible to experience both healthy and safe working in theme worlds. The two associations are two of the largest in Germany.

Inclusion is a priority right from the conceptual approach

The building is to be highly accessible and exemplary in the way that training institutions can be designed to be inclusive. In addition to model workplaces, the planned Prevention Centre will feature theme worlds and exhibitions that make the prevention of occupational accidents, occupational diseases and work-related health hazards tangible. The services will also be available in part to the general public. In addition, individual advice and training for insured persons with work-related health problems is planned. My expertise is particularly evident in the orientation and guidance system as well as in the information services, whether digital, passive or active. This also applies to the revision of the house font for a tactile typeface, which is used in the guidance system as a raised relief font. Furthermore, all elements of the system are equipped with Braille (braille for blind visitors) and high-contrast large print. Orientation in the building and guidance through the building is supported by a floor guidance system. Everything is wheelchair accessible and conveniently accessible for people of all ages.

Untersuchungen zeigen, dass inklusives Design die Kundenreichweite um das Vierfache steigern kann

Studien, die vom Centre for Inclusive Design in Zusammenarbeit mit Adobe und Microsoft durchgeführt wurden, haben ergeben, dass Produkte und Dienstleistungen, die auf die gesamte Breite der Bedürfnisse von Menschen zugeschnitten sind, das Vierfache der Zahl der Nutzer erreichen können.

Inklusionsdenken früh in die Konzeptphase einbeziehen, verhindert Zusatzkosten

„Untersuchungen zeigen, dass inklusives Design die Kundenreichweite um das Vierfache steigern kann“ weiterlesen

Fachliche Beratung bei der Ausschreibung der Ausstellungserweiterung im Berliner Südgelände

Das Bild zeigt eine handmodellierte Waldohreule mit spezieller Haptik für blinde Betrachter

Die Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz im Referat Naturschutz, Landschaftsplanung, Forstwesen beauftragte mich mit der fachlichen Beratung und Unterstützung bei Planung und Durchführung der Barrierefreiheit für das Pilotprojekt Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände.

Was bietet eine Begleitung und welche Leistungen bringe ich als Experte ein?

  • Erörterung verschiedener taktiler Produktionstechniken und deren Auswirkung auf die gestalterische Umsetzung.
  • Diskussion bzw. gemeinsame Herausarbeitung des zu erreichenden Ziels (Didaktik, Zielgruppen, Ideale, Kompromisse, Ästhetik, Nachhaltigkeit etc.)
  • Zeitplanung der Arbeitsschritte und der Produktion
  • Konzeptionelle und Inhaltliche Vorbereitung
  • Entwurf eines darauf ausgerichteten Leistungsverzeichnisses
  • Auswahl der Bieter und Prüfung der Sachkenntnisse der Bieter im Bereich Braille und Produktion, Vorschlagsliste
  • Ausarbeitung der Kriterien für die Wertung der Bieter-Angebote
  • Begleitung im Bieterverfahren, z.B. Beantworten von Fachfragen hinsichtlich Barrierefreiheit und geeigneter Techniken.
  • Begleitung im Bieterverfahren, z.B. Auswerten der technischen oder konzeptionellen Inhalte der Angebote, ggf. neuer Zielabgleich aufgrund neuer Sachlage.