Age-Friendly and Inclusive Design
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Age-Friendly and Inclusive Design book
Universal design focuses on inclusivity, rather than isolating people or groups. Ideally, universal design principals form part of the design intent and process from the beginning and are seamlessly incorporated into the environment or building. Yet, more often than not, places need to be retrofitted to be universally accessible and the solutions are not always elegant or even practical. Global population ageing has focused attention on the importance of age-friendly and inclusive design, of creating homes, places and spaces that enable people with disabilities and older people to ‘age in place’. By 2020, people aged over 65 years will outnumber children – and innovative design has a significant role to play in improving their quality of life, independence and mobility. From access and social inclusion, well-lit and wide footpaths, signage and street furniture, to slowing traffic and prioritizing walkability, design decisions affect whether everyone can easily use our public spaces. Discussing concepts such as design for dementia, this chapter outlines innovative examples of evidence-informed design that engages our senses (color, touch, texture, smell, sound) and the importance of creating attractive public spaces that welcome and support people of all abilities. Supported by best-practice examples, this chapter establishes a clear design problem, brief and challenge: how can we create great places for all, using evidence-based design theory.