ARCH 715


Principles of Universal Design


Introduction to the principles of universal design. A survey of the ethical, moral and legal issues involved, and of the related international legal instruments, including Convention for the Protection of the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the revised European Social Charter, and recommendations, declarations, resolutions of international bodies in chronological order. History of the universal design approach. Current research and scholarship that aim at contributing to the elimination of social, physical and attitudinal barriers in the built environment, which handicap people, and making the built environment �universally accessible� for �people of all ages, sizes and abilities.� Universal design in products and assistive technologies. Review of existing policies and practices concerning �access and mobility requirements.�