Costs and Benefits of Building Projects

This is a technical article from Canada with the full title of, “Integrating Building Information Modeling (BIM) with Sustainable Universal Design Strategies to Evaluate the Costs and Benefits of Building Projects”.

Links are made with sustainability and the need to factor in UD at the beginning of the process as with sustainability. For the tech people it gives mathematical computations and diagrams, and for others, there is useful information such as:
“Although, implementing sustainable strategies in buildings (new/existing) showed better economical trend over the long run, its initial associated cost is doubtable. The results of a survey conducted in 2007 by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development found that the costs of sustainable buildings are “overestimated” for an additional cost of 17 percent added to the cost of conventional building which is considered more than triple the actual cost of 5 percent”.

Go to the article by Bader Alsayyar and Ahmad Jrade, University of Ottawa.

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Improving designers’ understanding of UD – a research article

A universal design charrette conducted in an educational setting to increase professional sensitivity

This article from Brazil reports on  project to overcome the difficulties of educating designers to include the broader population in all their designs every time, not just in ‘special’ designs or projects.  Go to: Journal of Accessibility and Design for All (CC) JACCES, 2015 – 5(1): 47-76. 

Note: this is a web download and might take some time to complete

Abstract: This paper describes a design Charrette conducted in a graduate course on Universal Design (UD), in which students, here professional architects, developed a design project for a public-service centre. The goal of the Charrette was to understand the effectiveness of this type of teaching method to increase the designers’ sensitivity toward UD issues and gain knowledge on participatory processes. 

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How Age-Friendly are Kingston’s suburban streets?

A comparative case study analysis of Kingston, Ontario

This is a masters thesis using a comparative case study approach to investigate how two suburban developments in Kingston, Ontario promote mobility for older people by assessing and comparing the age-friendliness of the pedestrian environment and existing public transportation infrastructure and services.

The thesis report references the WHO Age Friendly Cities and Communities program and Checklist of Essential Features of Age-Friendly Cities.

A report by Jenna Thibault submitted to the School of Urban and Regional Planning in conformity with the program requirements for a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning (M.PL.) School of Urban and Regional Planning Kingston, Ontario

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Neighbourhood design and the activities of older home owners

Neighbourhood Design, Judd et alBruce Judd, Diana Olsberg, Joanne Quinn and Oya Demirbilek slideshow presentation outlining their research into the activities of older people. It discusses the types of activities and barriers and facilitators of neighbourhood activity.  Footpaths, or lack of, featured as a key issue. They also cover the other main components of being able to get out and about – public transport, street furniture, wayfinding, public toilets, handrail on stairs, safety and security.

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Should public buildings be exclusive?

This journal article comes from Niger.  The pictures of schools show the contrast between expectations of developed and developing countries – worth a look just for that. Also, we can see that UD is truly a world-wide movement.

The article was published in the American Journal of Engineering research. You can download the article here.

ABSTRACT: Some individuals are born with a deformity also known as disability whereas others may become permanently or temporarily disabled over the course of their lives. Buildings should not be made to judge who comes in and goes out of its spaces. A good design must be accessible to all individuals, especially when discussing public buildings. Continue reading Should public buildings be exclusive?

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Trends in Universal Design

Picture of a long concrete inclined walkway with the silhouette of two wheelchair usersThis document was compiled by the Delta Centre in Norway after the 2012 International UD Conference in Oslo. The conference gathered researchers, students, users, planners, public officers and other practitioners from 44 countries.  More than 150 presentations were given.  This multidisciplinary anthology contains examples from around the globe. Download PDF Trends in Universal Design here, or access via the web.

The Delta Centre is the Government’s National Resource Centre for Participation and Accessibility, and works for an inclusive society for a diverse population.

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Should public buildings be exclusive

This journal article comes from Niger. I like this sentence in the abstract, “Buildings should not be made to judge who comes in and goes out of its spaces”. The pictures of schools show the contrast between expectations of developed and developing countries – worth a look just for that. Also, we can see that UD is truly a world-wide movement.

Go to the article

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