What does it actually mean to be a human? Should we consider fully physically and mentally capable person while looking into the topic of “Being Human”? Maybe our main focus should not be on stereotypically perfect fully abled people. Maybe we should specifically pay attention to people who require the most help and consideration, who have certain difficulties and inabilities and who struggle every day while performing the most ordinary activities. I believe that exploring humanity should be with wide-eyed tolerance and sensitivity. While designing any public place the inclusivity and accessibility should always be our biggest concern and priority.
A task of designing spaces for three differently disabled people was for me a milestone in understanding every person’s need of being independent and feeling equal regardless of their condition. While researching the archive of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons I came upon the mid-1800s beautifully packaged amputation set. Its creators have drawn a cloak of secrecy over the instruments inside by using elegant, red velvet as the lining of the wooden case. The luxury packaging was to alleviate patient’s stress before the operation and potentially make up for the lack of aesthetics. However, despite their harshness and brutality, amputation procedures saved a myriad of lives in 19th century. In my opinion, that is what made them worth the pain and suffering.
Experience:Being HUMAN 2020/21
Archive:Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow