Abstract: At its core, urban design is about creating places for people, yet we seem to continue to exclude. Perhaps not willfully, but excluding all the same. Without considering all, we risk condemning the most vulnerable of our community to an unsustainable, inaccessible world. The late Stella Young, Australian Journalist, Disability Rights Activist and Comedian put it succinctly; “My disability exists not because I use a wheelchair, but because the broader environment isn’t accessible.” By embracing Universal Design Thinking our urban places can accommodate everyone; you, me, young, old and those with disabilities.
Citation for the article: Crook, Robina. Universal design: Who do we design for? [online]. Planning News, Vol. 43, No. 4, May 2017: 8.
Planning News is the monthly journal of the Planning Institute of Australia Victorian Division.