"Universal Design is the design of products and environment to be
usable by all
people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or
- Ronald Mace 1
In its broadest term, Universal Design (UD) refers to "design for everyone". For the
Built Environment, it focuses on creating an inclusive society, where the young, the
elderly, and persons with limited mobility can continue to enjoy living in familiar
surroundings with their families and friends.
1Preiser, Wolfgang F E , Universal Design Handbook, McGraw-Hill, New York"