Universal Design Tool: an online resource

a slide from Hellen's presentation showing a city scape viewAt the Universal Design Symposium held in Auckland last month, Hellen Robinson from the Auckland Design Office launched the “Universal Design Tool”. The aim of this resource is to help planners, project managers, and designers incorporate universal design into their projects to make them more inclusive for everyone. In her presentation, Hellen said her motivation for the tool was a, “desire to do something about the depressing and dismal examples of universal or accessible design” every time she ran a Google search. You can also read the transcript of Hellen’s presentation.

The Tool takes you through a UD approach to mixed developments as they cover many aspects of the built environment. Practical design solutions are illustrated with diagrams and real life examples. The resource can be accessed via a laptop or mobile device. There are many sections to this resource, which covers all aspects of the built environment using menu links to drill down to the detail. 

Although the resource was launched at the Symposium, it will not run live until January 2017, but the Auckland Design Manual and the Universal Design Hub will have more information. Attendees at the event were encouraged to provide local examples to add to the tool. Recommendations can be sent to AKDesignManual@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz