Inclusive Design SIDe Platform (Sustained Inclusive Design) is a collaboration project supported by the British Council's "Newton Fund - Research Environment Links Program". In this project, Loughborough University (the School of Design and Creative Arts) and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Faculty of Architecture), together with five partners (Spinal Cord Paralytics Association of Turkey, Six Dots Foundation of the Blind, Cambridge EDC, FixEd, and the Design Research Society.) are working together to create a collaborative platform where collaborations on inclusive design research and education can be carried out sustainably.
This research aims to provide an integrative approach to stakeholders from many different areas, including policy makers from the local government, non-profit design initiatives of different scales and the private sectors, and design educators and students.
The objectives of the Inclusive Design SIDe Platform are:
The prominent feature of the platform is that by establishing a direct connection between the non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities, and designers, inclusive design is brought to life with a collaborative and innovative approach.
Users registered on the platform can interact with each other in the roles of “Universities/NGOs” to co-create project brief and proposals, or as “designers” to answer design briefs. The SIDe platform can help promote existing partnerships between universities and NGOs, as well as foster new partnerships through inclusive design collaboration.