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Universal Design is Selwyn Goldsmith's new authoritative design manual, the successor to his internationally acclaimed Designing for the Disabled. A clear and concise design guide for practising and student architects, it describes and illustrates the differences there are between universal design and 'for the disabled' design

Universal Design presents detailed design guidance for architects in an easily referenced form. Covering both public buildings and private housing, it includes informative anthropometric data, along with illustrative examples of the planning of circulation spaces, sanitary facilities, car parking spaces and seating spaces for wheelchair users in cinemas and theatres. It is a valuable manual in enhancing understanding of the basic principles of 'universal design'.

The aim - to encourage architects to extend the parameters of normal provision, by looking to go beyond the prescribed minimum design standards of the Part M building regulation, Access and facilities for disabled people.

Audience: Student and professional urban planners and designers, environmentalists, architects, library managers, and government and local authority architects and planners.

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Editorial Reviews

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'a common sense approach to design'
Architects Journal

'ideal for use at the drawing-board or computer console, a necessary crutch for architects'
Architectural Review

Uncomfortable with his , published in several editions between 1963 and 1997 because of the underlying ethos that disabled people ought to be set apart, packaged together, and treated as different than normal people, architect Goldsmith here describes design principles, mainly for public and employment buildings, that provide accessibility to everyone. His guide is for architects and students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750647854
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/19/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Selwyn Goldsmith trained to become an architect at Cambridge University and University College London. In 1956, shortly after he completed his studies, he contracted polio, its permanent effect being severe physical disablement. He subsequently worked in private and public architects' offices, and in 1961 was appointed to undertake the research which resulted in the publication by the RIBA in 1963 of the first edition of his 'Designing for the Disabled'. With a further research contract, he worked on surveys of disabled people in Norwich for four years. From 1969 he was building editor of the Architects Journal for three years, and in 1972 joined the social research branch of the Housing Development Directorate of the Department of the Environment to advise on housing and other services for disabled people.

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1 Introduction; 2 Building users: Mobility Equipment; Ambulant disabled people; Wheelchair users; Scooter users; Pushchair users; 3 Anthropometric measures; Ambulant people; Wheelchair users; 4 Heights of fixtures and fittings; Mirrors; Windows; Shelves; Work surfaces; Digital code panels; Socket outlets; Vertical Circulation; Steps and stairs; Ramps; Handrails; Spaces for wheelchair users; Wheelchair usage; Spaces for wheelchair manoeuvre; Movement through door openings; Entrances to buildings; Entrance lobbies; 5 Sanitary facilities; Cloakroom lobbies; WCs; Wash basins; Baths and bathrooms; Shower and shower rooms; Changing rooms and dressing rooms; Lifts; Platform lifts and stairlifts; Seating spaces; Kitchens; Bedrooms; Car parking spaces; Index

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