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Universal Design and Equitable Access to the Designed Environment

Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. An environment (or any building, product, or service in that environment) should be designed to meet the needs of all people who wish to use it. This is not a special requirement, for the benefit of only a minority of the population. It is a fundamental condition of good design. If an environment is accessible, usable, convenient and a pleasure to use, everyone benefits. By considering the diverse needs and abilities of all throughout the design process, universal design creates products, services and environments that meet people’s’ needs. Simply put, universal design is good design.

Universal Design

Negotiating place: the challenge of inclusive design

Mediating bodies: universal design methodology and post-phenomenology

Publication: Special Issue of ‘Disability and Rehabilitation’