IFI WID IN PUERTO RICO | CODDI + THE ELI FOUNDATION
Miramar | Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
CODDI – Colegio de Disenadores / Decoradores de Interiores de Puerto Rico
In partnership with the Eli Foundation of Puerto Rico, Inc. CODDI of Puerto Rico hosted celebratory events to commemorate this years IFI WID theme of “Designing Spaces, Changing Lives.”
The first event hosted by CODDI was the “Universal Design for Functional Diversity” program. This program proposed the development of designs of residential spaces suitable for the enjoyment of people with different types of disabilities, with their caregivers and family members to be incorporated into the universal design proposal of the Eli Foundation of Puerto Rico Inc.
The main purpose of this program was to create links between interior design professionals and the community. For this program, CODDI chose to work with the Eli Foundation of Puerto Rico Inc, a non-profit organization that aims to develop social projects to improve the conditions and quality of life of people with functional diversity and their families. Developing a contest aimed at Interior Design students, CODDI and the Eli Foundation accepted design project submissions that emphasized the theme of “Universal Design for Functional Diversity”, with these projects being guided by professional Interior Designers. To commemorate functional diversity design, the selected winning design project will be exhibited during Our Annual Convention and Expo of CODDI.
In collaboration with the “Universal Design for Functional Diversity” program, CODDI also held two seminars focused on “Designing Spaces, Changing Lives”. The first seminar titled “Designing Spaces, Changing Lives: Universal Design for Functional Diversity” was led by Interior Designer Joemi Burgos, PhD. where discussions on the differences between Accessibility and Universal Design with their correlations to social attitudes of tolerance and respect were held.
The second seminar, titled “The Interior Designers and their Social Responsibility” was led by Interior Designer Ingrid Díaz. Through this seminar, it was established that interior design is not only aesthetic and is not always paid for; it is very important to highlight the social role Interior Designers play and the significant impacts of the work of Interior Designers.
This seminar especially noted how interior design impacts the daily life of all human beings, highlighting how Interior Design can transform the life of a human being while impacting the space of its environment.