Finding ways to explain universal design can be difficult when people fall into false assumptions such as it’s “one-size-fits-all”, or it’s “all about people with disability”, and of course, “it costs too much”. Hence three Brazilians have come up with Interactive Universal Design Kiosks to explain social inclusion in architectural design. The kiosk exhibition structure is based on two semi-circles. The visitor follows a carpeted path and is gradually exposed to the concepts related to the principles of universal design. The kiosk setting invites people to interact with information that uses complementary multimedia (printed text, graphic and tactile) and hypermedia (sounds, images and tactile textures and rotating boxes) that visitors select at their own pace.
This is a simple idea and could be developed by any architectural firm or studio to both display their understanding of UD and to pass this on to others, particularly their current and prospective clients. Local Government authorities could create something similar for their foyers. A great way to communicate the UD message – as a concept rather than a particular type of design.
The article, Interactive Universal Design Kiosks: Explanations About Social Inclusion Features in Architectural Design, is by Marcelo Pinto Guimarães, Angélica Fátima Baldin Picceli, and Paulo Roberto Sabino. Their diagram above helps explain the ideas.