Auckland is one of the most liveable cities in the world and it is about to get better with universal design. The Auckland Design Manual and the accompanying Universal Design Tools puts people at the centre of the design. The OurAukland website says, “All people will have some kind of universal design moment in their lives where they find themselves potentially disadvantaged by their environment.” This is the basis of all design thinking in this excellent manual. Case studies, tools for planners and designers, and other resources are all included in this extensive free to download guide.
Editor’s note: The progress made by Auckland City has been made possible by having a universal design expert on staff to educate and advise on a daily basis. Every local council should have such a person.