Universal Design

Alison Prato speaks with architect Chris Downey, who lost his eyesight five years ago following surgery to remove a brain tumor, about how his approach to design and his experience of the city have changed.
Dec 7, 2013   TED Blog
Amendments to Vancouver's building code adopted in September will require lever handles on all doors in newly built housing beginning next March. Could such code changes soon be adopted far and wide?
Nov 19, 2013   The Vancouver Sun
Americans are living longer and changing the demographic profiles of our cities in the process. Planners are just beginning to understand how our streets and systems must adapt to accommodate this trend.
Jun 12, 2013   The Atlantic Cities
It's not just the Sun Cities of America that are planning for how to meet the needs of the country's coming bulge in its over-65 population. Ryan Holeywell highlights how some cities are adapting their built environments for an aging population.
Sep 5, 2012   Governing
Most professions have special responsibilities to society. Physicians are expected to observe the Hippocratic oath. Police officers must apply the law fairly and refrain from abusing their power. Opinion
Apr 14, 2011   By Todd Litman
Slate continues its series on wayfinding with the little-known story of the symbolic conflicts among the U.S., the former Soviet Union and Japan over how to direct people in a time of crisis.
Mar 10, 2010   Slate
Opinion
Oct 12, 2009   By Todd Litman
A week ago I spent some time with Enrique Peñalosa, urban strategist and provocateur. North Americans don't often look south for innovation, but Peñalosa made remarkable changes in the public environment as Mayor of the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Opinion
Feb 17, 2009   By Barbara Knecht
"I have always thought that design can be a form of social activism," says Don Meeker, environmental graphic designer and co-creator of "Clearview" typeface. Opinion
Aug 23, 2007   By Barbara Knecht
Should Segways be allowed on sidewalks? Should all bicycles travel only in designated bike lanes? Should motorized scooters be treated as if they are wheelchairs? Where should rollerblades, skateboards, adult tricycles, bikes with trailers or kick scooters travel? Opinion
Jul 24, 2007   By Barbara Knecht
"Getting" Universal Design creates an "Aha!" moment. Experiencing Universal Design creates a "Wow!" moment. Opinion
Jun 25, 2007   By Barbara Knecht