Two members of the Design for All Foundation receive the Gold Award at the 2019 IAUD International Design Awards in Japan

Access Safety with “Sintered Natural Stone and Sintered Concrete” and Calícrates with “Accessibility Digest” have been recognize with the Gold Award in the Public Space category by the IAUD International Design Awards 2019.

A large number of participants from around the world attended the 2019 IAUD Awards. From all of them, a jury consisting in internationally recognized professionals selected 3 Grand Awards, 10 Gold Awards, 8 Silver Awards and 14 Bronze Awards.

Access Safety has developed an innovative range of new urban pavement materials designed according to UD philosophy and using sintering technology to meet a range of practical and accessibility requirements. These high-quality products offer both durability and easy-clean surfaces along with reduced energy consumption in production, transport, maintenance and replacement. In particular they combine non-slip properties in both dry and wet conditions with outstanding performance qualities and low weight.

The jury found this entry to be:

“A well-conceived and researched new material development program offering real cost-efficient benefits in UD urban design, greater sustainability and enhanced aesthetic value. Importantly the surface qualities of this new material deliver significant gains in slip-resistance and resistance to contaminants such as chewing gum. An excellent example of how new materials can contribute to UD.”

While Calicrates has designed an Accessibility Digest, a graphic guide with all the necessary information to make design for all easier. It is a collection of graphic and technical datasheets with drawings, technical facts and worked good practice examples for different accessibility parameters, classified according to DALCO criteria (Ambulation, Apprehension, Location, Communication) and Spanish Regulations.

The jury applauded this entry as a:

Well-realized and highly accessible set of design guidelines helping architects and householders understand and implement accessibility principles. By analysing how architects use visual images the Accessibility Digest has been conceived as a practical and effective tool for designing accessible spaces that goes beyond current legislation and pushes the conventional boundaries of UD practice..

These two companies were able to participate in these awards for free because they are members of the Foundation.