Universal Design – Who? Where? When?
Presenter: John Evernden, Access Consultant, Accessible Public Domain
If Universal Design is for everyone, who does it help? Where is it? What does it look like? This Paper identifies projects where the Principles of Universal Design have been included over time to provide improved wayfinding for everyone; incorporated in reconstruction to provide equitable access, and included in adaptation of features in the public domain to provide greater use and safety.
The Paper also identifies locations in the home, public buildings and the public domain where small changes to designs, facilities and wayfinding can create equitable use, flexibility and improved safety, by providing simple and cost-effective alterations.
Universal Design is not only ‘future’ design. Nor is it design for people with disability, or an ageing population. The Principles can be applied for everyone, anywhere, now!