Open to all and free of charge, the beach could be seen as the epitome of public domain in Australian culture. However for the one in five Australians who have a disability, the beach holds many challenges.
In this project, Williamstown Beach has been chosen as a site to explore the relationship between the environment and bodies of all abilities. By celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of the human body, the project explores how the built environment might be designed to address and alleviate both physical and attitudinal barriers which lead to people with disabilities having sub-standard outcomes on most indicators of community participation and wellbeing.
The project questions how the consideration of disabilities can be used as a lens to generate multisensory environments which positively enhance the public realm for all, and in doing so create not only accessible spaces, but equalising places where identity is understood well beyond the superficial or prejudiced.