The Revolution in DesignBy Hockenberry, John; AARP Magazine,
Publication Date: November 2008
Article outlines the history of universal design (UD) and its impact on the design and consumer culture. UD, which refers to environments and products that are accessible and usable by everyone to the greatest extent possible, was conceived in the 1980s by architect Ronald L. Mace, who established the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University. The influence of UD on design for aging in place is discussed, in light of an AARP study quoted which established that 89 percent of Americans aged 50 and over intend to remain in their homes for as long as they can. Home design features for aging in place outlined include stepless entries, wide passageways, adjustable cabinets, and curbless showers. The article includes an interview with an interior designer who trains developers, builders, remodelers, and realtors to become Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) in a program co-sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders, AARP, and the 50+ Housing Council. Also discussed is the work of product designer Michael Graves who, after becoming paralyzed from the waist down following a viral infection, is designing products such as wheelchairs, bath chairs, and canes informed by UD through his subsidiary Michael Graves Design Group.
Published by: AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) (Website:http://www.aarp.org)
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