In this paper from the State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference in 2011, Margaret Ward traces the history of National Dialogue on Universal Housing Design to the current organisation, Livable Housing Australia and the voluntary code, the Livable Housing Design Guidelines. She outlines why the voluntary approach is unlikely to work and that regulations will be the only way to accomplish the roll-out of more accessible homes.
Download Margaret Ward’s 2011 paper PDF
The Norwegian Government has taken the principles of universal design and applied them to their planning policies. This has the effect of making everyone responsible for inclusion at every level – in the built environment, outdoor areas, transport, and ICT. You can download their latest action plan Norway universally designed by 2025.
Jane Bringolf prepared a 2000 word version of her PhD thesis for the FICCDAT Conference held in Toronto, Canada in 2011. In short the research question asked why we are still building and designing homes as if none of us is ever going to grow old. The simple answer is that the industry runs on regulations to hold the house building system together, so nothing will change without regulations. Read the paper to find out more about the complexities of the house building industry and resistance to change.
(FICCDAT is, Festival of International Conferences on Caring, Disability, Aging and Technology and is held every five years.) You can also download the slide show from the conference UD Australian Housing Bringolf slideshow