Auckland Council promotes universal design

View of Auckland cityscape and waterfront with piers and boatsAuckland Council is on a mission to become the most liveable city in the world. The Council’s Design Team knows that critical to liveability is designing with everyone in mind. Other cities should take note. Rather than use the classic 7 Principles to explain UD, which most people do, Elise Copeland and Martine Abel explain UD using the 8 Goals of Universal Design developed by Steinfeld and Maisel: Body Fit, Comfort, Awareness, Understanding, Wellness, Social Integration, Peronalization, and Cultural Appropriateness. This last goal is clearly evident in the design plans for Auckland, the biggest Maori city in the world. This is a useful video to explain the eight goals, and how they can be applied, and is a useful adjunct to the Auckland Design Manual, which contains their Universal Design Hub, a great resource for developers, designers, planners and policy makers. The video is 3 minutes long.

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