Design-for-All: Transferring knowledge

Graphic of four criteria based on How, What, Why, Where.Design-for-All / Universal Design studies are often discussed from a theoretic point of view or from a user participation standpoint. Few studies look at the practical tools architects could use to help them apply the principles of inclusive design. 

A literature review from Europe sought to identify how to transfer design information to architects so that they could do more than just comply with access standards. Four criteria for translating user needs into design strategies were found. These will be developed into a tool in the next stage of the research.  See the full paper for the criteria which are also neatly shown in a graphic above.

The title of the paper is, Inspiring architects in the application of Design-for-All: Knowledge transfer methods and tools. The research team is E. Mosca, J. Herssens, A. Rebecchi and S. Capolongo.  
Note that Design-for-All (DfA) is mostly used in Europe, Inclusive Design in UK, and Universal Design elsewhere. As they are all based around the same ideas, the terms are used interchangeably. The term universal design is in the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disability. This Convention came into being after the other terms were well established.