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The Latest Advances in Universal Design

Thoroughly updated and packed with examples of global standards and design solutions, Universal Design Handbook, Second Edition, covers the full scope of universal design, discussing how to develop media, products, buildings, and infrastructure for the widest range of human needs, preferences, and functioning. This pioneering work brings together a rich variety of expertise from around the world to discuss the extraordinary growth and changes in the universal design movement.

The book provides an overview of universal design premises and perspectives, and performance-based design criteria and guidelines. Public and private spaces, products, and technologies are covered, and current and emerging research and teaching are explored. This unique resource includes analyses of historical and contemporary universal design issues from seven different countries, as well as a look at future trends. Students, advocates, policy makers, and design practitioners will get a theoretical grounding in and practical reference on the physical and social roles of design from this definitive volume.


  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • U.S. accessibility codes and standards, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Life safety standards and guidelines
  • Universal design implementations in Norway, Japan, France, Germany, Brazil, Italy and the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Planning ADA implementation in public educational institutions
  • Urban scale and mass transportation universal design
  • Designing inclusive experiences, including outdoor play settings
  • Office and workspace design
  • Universal design in home building and remodeling
  • Products and technologies, including autos, web access, media, and digital content
  • Universal design research initiatives, education, and performance assessments
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071629232
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/17/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Wolfgang F.E. Preiser is Emeritus Professor of Architecture, University of Cincinnati. As a researcher and an international building consultant, he has worked on topics ranging from universal design to facility programming, building performance assessments, health care facilities, and intercultural design. Preiser has written 16 books and more than 100 chapters, articles, and conference papers, and is the recipient of the Progressive Architecture Applied Research Award and Citation and the EDRA Career and Lifetime Achievement awards.

Korydon H. Smith is Associate Professor in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. He teaches courses in architectural design and theory, and has received numerous teaching awards. Smith's scholarship focuses on the physical and political roles of design in society, resulting in a wide variety of publications and design works. He is actively involved in continuing education, as well as the transformation of housing policy and design practices throughout the U.S.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part 1. Premises and Perspectives;
Chapter 1. Universal Design: An Evolving Paradigm; Chapter 2. Toward Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability;
Chapter 3. Universal Design and the Majority World;
Part 2. Principles, Standards, and Guidelines;
Chapter 4. The Principles of Universal Design;
Chapter 5. United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
Chapter 6. U.S. Accessibility Codes and Standards: Challenges for Universal Design;
Chapter 7. The ADA and Accessibility: Interpretations in U.S. Courts;
Chapter 8. Life Safety Standards and Guidelines;
Chapter 9. The Universal Design Thesaurus: Creating a Descriptive Language for Our Field;
Part 3. International Perspectives;
Chapter 10. Norway's Planning Approach to Implement Universal Design;
Chapter 11. The Impact of Aging on Japanese Accessibility Standards;
Chapter 12. The Evolution of Design for All in Public Buildings and Transportation in France;
Chapter 13. Manifestations of Universal Design in Germany;
Chapter 14. Writing Poetry Rather Than Structuring Grammar: Notes for the Development of Universal Design in Brazil;
Chapter 15. Accessible Design in Italy;
Chapter 16. Planning Accessibility in the Old City of Jerusalem;
Part 4. Public Spaces, Private Spaces, Products, and Technologies;
Chapter 17. Creating an Accessible Public Realm;
Chapter 18. A Capital Planning Approach to ADA Implementation in Public Educational Institutions;
Chapter 19. Universal Design in Mass Transportation;
Chapter 20. Universal Design at the Urban Scale;
Chapter 21. Designing Inclusive Experiences;
Chapter 22. Outdoor Play Settings: An Inclusive Approach;
Chapter 23. Office and Workplace Design;
Chapter 24. Universal Housing: A Critical Component of a Sustainable Community;
Chapter 25. The Evolution of Universal Design in Housing in the United States: Toward Visibility and Pattern Books;
Chapter 26. A Home for the Next 50 Years: Remodeling for Again Baby Boomers Demonstrates Universal Design in Arts and Crafts Detailing;
Chapter 27. The Sensory House;
Chapter 28. Diversity and Equality in Housing: Designing the Arkansas Proto-House;
Chapter 29. Selling Builders and Remodelers on Universal Design;
Chapter 30. Universal Bathrooms;
Chapter 31. Universal Design of Automobiles;
Chapter 32. Universal Design of Products;
Chapter 33. Accessibility of the World Wide Web: Technical and Policy Perspectives;
Chapter 34. Universal Design in Media;
Chapter 35. Digital Content for Individuals with Print Disabilities;
Part 5. Education and Research;
Chapter 36. Inclusive Design Research Initiatives at the Royal College of Art;
Chapter 37. An International Web-Based Collection of Universal Design Examplars;
Chapter 38. Toward Universal Design Performance Assessments;
Chapter 39. Universal Design for Learning in the College Classroom;
Chapter 40. Camp Aldersgate: A New Model for Architectural Education;
Chapter 41. Are Retrofitted Wheelchair Entries Separate and Unequal;
Chapter 42. Guidepaths in Buildings;
Chapter 43. Redefining Design and Disability: A Person-Environment Fit Model;
Part 6. The Past and Future of Universal Design;
Chapter 44. The Rhinoceros Syndrome: A Contrarian View of Universal Design;
Part 7. Epilogue;
Chapter 45. My Story;

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Excellent update of core Universal Design text

    A wide ranging resource examining the Universal Design paradigm and illustrating the internationality of academic, applied and theoretical design and research activity and expertise. The reader is able to gain a good grasp of the drivers that have led to the development of Universal Design and the theoretical positioning of the subject.
    Each section provides a window on the way in which Universal (Design for All/Inclusive design) has become an authoritative approach to designing, especially, thought not exclusively, in the field of the built environment.
    Project descriptions and case studies allow design students, academics and researchers to explore a range of issues and approaches presented in an easily accessed form and consider these different options as ways of approaching their own work.
    I would recommend this as a valuable addition to any design school library and as a good introductory resource for academics.

    Cherie Lebbon MA(IDE) FRSA DRS

    Associate Senior Lecturer Design Research, Theory and Analysis
    Course Leader MSc Inclusive Design
    Design and Ergonomics Research Group and Centre of Excellence in Product and Automotive Design
    Dept Industrial Design
    Coventry School of Art and Design
    Coventry University UK

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