Architectural design: who can participate?

Close up of a pen drawing with the tip of the pen showing as drawing a lineA philosophic perspective on universal design and architectural practice that raises some important points. Universal design translated as disabled access has created regulations and checklists. These documents are focused on practice: they are not designed to promote the underpinning notion of inclusion. This is where the Paul Jones begins to unpack the unquestioning acceptance of universal design’s working assumptions, and goes on to discuss user participation, the unequal relationship between user and designer, and “organic architects”. The title of his paper is Situating universal design architecture: designing with whom?  

This is a philosophical offering and reminds followers of universal design to question their assumptions underpinning their endeavours from time to time.