Title: Documenting handicap situations and eliminations through Universal Design Patterns
Authors: Froyen, Hubert ×
Verdonck, Evelien
De Meester, Dirk
Heylighen, Ann #
Issue Date: 2009
Series Title: Australasian Medical Journal vol:1 issue:12 pages:199-203
Abstract: According to contemporary academic and social insights,
human functional limitations and handicaps are not
exclusively the result of the physical and / or mental
characteristics of the individual (medical model), but they
can just as well be a consequence of a maladjustment of the
social and physical environment (conflict / social model).
This radical reversal of focus from person to environment,
or in other words, from the assessment that the person is
impeded to the insight that the physical and social
environment is an impediment, has far-reaching
consequences for the designing of human-made
The recent Universal Design paradigm extends beyond
accommodating ‘modal’ users and aims to include the real
diversity of user populations, including those with physical
and / or mental impairments and functional limitations. To
achieve this, a large amount of design information in
connection with human dis-abilities (limitations and
possibilities) is required.
Together with prescriptive laws and regulations, designers
need descriptive information about; on the one hand,
CONFLICTS between users and built environments, and on
the other hand, empirically evident design RESOLUTIONS. In
response to this need, the paper advances the development
of specific Universal Design Patterns (UD Patterns) in order
to collect and organise this information for decision makers
and for designers.
ISSN: 1836-1935
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Architecture - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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