Universal Design: A Manual of Practical Guidance for Architects

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Architectural Press, 2000 - Architecture - 116 pages
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Universal Design is Selwyn Goldsmith's new authoritative design manual, the successor to his internationally acclaimed Designing for the Disabled. A clear and concise design guide for practising and student architects, it describes and illustrates the differences there are between universal design and 'for the disabled' design



Universal Design presents detailed design guidance for architects in an easily referenced form. Covering both public buildings and private housing, it includes informative anthropometric data, along with illustrative examples of the planning of circulation spaces, sanitary facilities, car parking spaces and seating spaces for wheelchair users in cinemas and theatres. It is a valuable manual in enhancing understanding of the basic principles of 'universal design'.

The aim - to encourage architects to extend the parameters of normal provision, by looking to go beyond the prescribed minimum design standards of the Part M building regulation, Access and facilities for disabled people.

*Learn about the opinions of Selwyn Goldsmith, a highly respected author in this field
* An essential reference for practising and student architects and designers, international appeal - 'Universal' relevance
* A clear and concise guide with invaluable easy-to-use diagrammatic information

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Selwyn Goldsmith trained to become an architect at Cambridge University and University College London. In 1956, shortly after he completed his studies, he contracted polio, its permanent effect being severe physical disablement. He subsequently worked in private and public architects' offices, and in 1961 was appointed to undertake the research which resulted in the publication by the RIBA in 1963 of the first edition of his 'Designing for the Disabled'. With a further research contract, he worked on surveys of disabled people in Norwich for four years. From 1969 he was building editor of the Architects Journal for three years, and in 1972 joined the social research branch of the Housing Development Directorate of the Department of the Environment to advise on housing and other services for disabled people.

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