• Lene Rosehr Salomon
4. term, Master of Universal Design and Accessibility (Continuing education) (Continuing Education Programme (Master))
This study explores the relationship between Universal Design and Social Sustainability. In order to illuminate how Universal Design may be used as a tool to obtain Social Sustainability in praxis I have used the example of 3 living arrangements for Seniors, which are in the planning process or have just been established.
Universal Design as a concept has progressively during recent years started to expand within the construction industry. Social Sustainability has at the same time reached the agenda in Denmark as well as globally, not least in connection with the UN’s decision on the 17 Global Goals in 2015. This actualizes this topic, because if the Goals for Sustainable Development should be reached, we must find workable tools to drive the development forward.
The living arrangements for Seniors has been chosen as case, because it is precisely at this time of our life, where nearly all experience one or more decreased functional abilities. This enhances our users need for surroundings, which takes this into account.
This paper examines the interrelations between Universal Design and Social Sustainability. It is based on a literature study which explores the historical development, clarification of concepts and the theories of Universal Design and Social Sustainability.
In the example of the case analysis of the 3 living arrangements for Seniors, I have used the rental and sales materials of the constructions.
In the theoretical section I show a work model for a method of analysis, which on the basis of the construction in a Danish context weaves together the topics of Social Sustainability with the 8 goals of Universal Design. This led to 3 criteria: The physical construction, the relationships and the values, which at an overall level are some of the relationships between Universal Design and Social Sustainability. On the basis of the analyzing method it will be possible for a design team to make the intentions of the construction visible and following this comparing them with the result.
The conclusion of this paper shows that there are several relations between Universal Design and Social Sustainability. Both concepts have had nearly a parallel development, which again relates to the development of our views on human beings. They also have value relationships such as inclusion, the right to equal access and the possibility to participate in society. Universal Design may on all points support Social Sustainability.
It is therefore evident to use Universal Design as a tool, when you would like to work on Social Sustainability in the construction sector.
Publication date3 Jun 2019
Number of pages46
ID: 305012787