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Real Estate Knowledge    The Basic Principles of Universal Design
Denzity ● Jan 27, 2021 9:31:34 PM
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The original concept of Universal Design was created by architect and industrial designer, and wheelchair user, Ronald Mace.

In 1997, Ronald led a working group of architects, product designers, engineers, and environmental design researchers, to create the 7 principles of Universal Design to help guide the design process of environments, products and communications. Here's a summary of the principles.

PRINCIPLE 1: EQUITABLE USE.
The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

PRINCIPLE 2: FLEXIBILITY IN USE.
The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.

PRINCIPLE 3: SIMPLE & INTUITIVE USE.
Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.

PRINCIPLE 4: PERCEPTIBLE INFORMATION.
The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities.

PRINCIPLE 5: TOLERANCE FOR ERROR.
The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.

PRINCIPLE 6: LOW PHYSICAL EFFORT.
The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.

PRINCIPLE 7: SIZE & SPACE FOR APPROACH AND USE.
Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user's body size, posture, or mobility.

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