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Universal Design Resources
By Linda Reeder, AIA, LEED AP
The intent of Universal Design is to provide usable environments for as many people as possible, regardless of the users’ age or ability. Here are some online resources of universal design principals and approaches:
• Universal Design Education Online (http://www.udeducation.org) defines Universal Design and its main principals.
• The IDEA Center at the University of Buffalo (www.ap.buffalo.edu/idea/Publications/index.asp#Digital%20Publications) provides links to and PDFs of a number if universal-design related articles from a number of sources.
• The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University (www.design.ncsu.edu/cud) offerings include downloadable PDFs on accessible multi-family housing and details for installing trench drains at roll-in showers.
• Kansas State University offers a checklist for creating accessible homes at www.oznet.ksu.edu/library/HOUS2/mf2213.pdf.
• The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications (www.homemods.org) provides links to web articles on visitability, effective color contrasts for everyone, and more.
• Nina Patel of REMODELING Magazine offers Universal Design tips at www.remodeling.hw.net/industry-news.asp?sectionID=155&articleID=430710.
• Kitchen and Bath Design News reports on seven principals guiding Universal Design at www.kitchenbathdesign.com/web/online/Planning-and-Design-Tips/Universal-Design-Allows-People-of-All-Ages-to-Live-Better--Easier--More-Safely--Expert/49$3886.
Keywords: Building performance, Use design, Design, Universal design, Inclusive design, Barrier free, Residential design, Tip