Beautiful Universal Design: A Visual Guide

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One of the essential benefits of universal design is that it recognizes the rich diversity of our population and serves us all. By helping design professionals transcend the restrictive "code compliance" mindset that can straitjacket the imagination, Beautiful Universal Design shows that it is possible to give free reign to individual expression and originality while finding creative design solutions that work for everyone. Building on the success of the award-winning book, Beautiful Barrier-Free, Cynthia A. ...
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Overview

One of the essential benefits of universal design is that it recognizes the rich diversity of our population and serves us all. By helping design professionals transcend the restrictive "code compliance" mindset that can straitjacket the imagination, Beautiful Universal Design shows that it is possible to give free reign to individual expression and originality while finding creative design solutions that work for everyone. Building on the success of the award-winning book, Beautiful Barrier-Free, Cynthia A. Leibrock and James Evan Terry offer hundreds of universal design ideas that take advantage of today's products and technology, with detailed coverage of:
  • Exterior planning, ramps, stairs, and elevators
  • Electrical, mechanical, and acoustical equipment
  • Floor coverings and ceiling/wall finishes
  • Furniture and accessories, including signage
  • Kitchens, bathrooms, and utility spaces
  • Historic preservation, retail, healthcare, transportation, recreation, and hospitality
Illustrated with full-color photographs showing universal design concepts in finished settings, the book also features case studies of accessible design installations for residential and business spaces, including specific examples of library, airport, stadium, and courthouse design. The world of universal design is overflowing with opportunities for creative innovation, with ideas to expand the market, integrate users, and eliminate disability by design. This book is a cardinal studio resource for anyone interested in exploring them.
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In his preface the author defines "universal design," describing its goal of planning buildings and environments to accommodate human beings<-->the whole range of human beings, including those with various kinds of physical limitations. Such designs aim to be affordable, integrated, and beautiful<-->going far beyond simple (and often ugly) compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act<-->and ultimately serving all people better. This abundantly illustrated volume offers hundreds of design ideas that take advantage of today's products and technology to accommodate diverse needs. It features case studies of accessible installations for both residential and business spaces, including specific examples of library, airport, stadium, and courthouse design. Leibrock is the founder a firm devoted to improving the lives of older and disabled people through design, and Terry is the leader of his architectural firm's easy access team. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471293064
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.17 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Exterior Planning, Ramps, Stairs and Elevators 1
2 Electrical, Mechanical, and Acoustical Equipment 17
3 Ceiling and Wall Finishes 33
4 Windows and Doors 43
5 Floor Covering 57
6 Furniture 69
7 Accessories and Equipment 91
8 Kitchens 111
9 Bathrooms, Toilet Rooms, and Utility Spaces 135
10 Case Studies 157
References 179
Illustration Credits 183
Index of Manufacturers 191
Index of Designers 197
Index 199
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