The 5th International Universal Design Conference was held in Finland earlier this year. This is a relatively academic affair and papers are published in an academic book. That’s great for other academics but not so good for practitioners who want the bottom line. So it’s good to see a more consumable version of 25 selected papers.
The original papers from the conference were published by IOS Press Ebooks, titled, Universal Design 2021: From Special to Mainstream Solutions. It runs to 400 pages and is open access. Each paper is downloadable separately. However, it is a lot of scrolling to find titles of interest.
The Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Universal Design, is in one document with shorter versions of the original papers. The content covers the breadth of physical and digital environments, health and education. It also shows how far universal design thinking has come in the last ten years or so.
The papers are grouped into the following themes:
- Design guidance
- Accessible cities
- Urban design
- Accessibility and universal design
- Access to culture and mobility
- Environments for older people
- Sensory environment
- Wellbeing and health
- Higher education
- Digital tools
- Assistive devices
The conference attracted delegates and speakers from 20 countries. This is a good document for introducing new people to the breadth of universal design.
The call for papers closes 31 October for the next conference in Brescia, Italy in September 2022.