Lecture at Pop up Atelier: Daniela Heinemann about current developments of barrier free bathrooms


When every step requires careful consideration so as not to stumble, security and safety mean freedom. Freedom from bothersome safeguards, freedom of movement and the freedom that comes with numerous options. A finely-meshed interdependence made up of familiar surroundings, technical equipment and barrier-free housing gives people a sense of security. And that sense of security should be expressed in the design of the bathroom too: for all its technical sophistication, it must be simple and intuitive to use as well.  

After training as an editor, Daniela Heinemann was active in various associations, foundations and societies as a marketing aide, press officer and journalist. She spent more than ten years working with and for people with disabilities in a number of institutions and organisations. The experience and remarkable insights she gained in the course of that time have given her a profound understanding of what barrier-free accessibility really means. Since early 2015 she has headed the Barrier-free Bathroom Campaign launched by the German Sanitary Industry Association (Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft e.V. [VDS]) and the German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association (Zentralverband Sanitär Heizung Klima [ZVSHK]).  

People who have to cope with physical or agerelated limitations of any kind know just how important a freely accessible, safe and easy-touse bathroom is when it comes to their independence and wellbeing. They enjoy the effect the water has on their health and soul, the comfort and convenience of a shower toilet, the feeling of safety and security that comes from furniture, seating and grab rails designed to provide support and the benefits of good, possibly even sensor-controlled lighting systems. Level-access showers and enough space are basic prerequisites for allowing elderly people to furnish their bathrooms in a way that accommodates not just their individual preferences but their (future) needs as well. 


Lecture: Barrier free furnishing: Bathrooms for life 

Speaker: Daniela Heinemann, VDS 

Date: Friday, 17. March 2017, 1:45- 2:15 pm 

Location: Saal Europa, Hall 4.0, ISH Frankfurt/Main 


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