Universal design is a world-wide movement creating environments, products, services and technology that can be used by as many people as possible without adaptation.

The concept of universal design is increasingly evident in Australian policy and planning documents at all levels of government. However, there is a paucity of information about the concept and where to go for information. This forum will focus on the built environment, which includes housing, public buildings, public spaces and parks

Topics will include, issues related to universal design in planning, the public domain, housing, tourist & recreation venues, and outdoor areas. Our aim is to make the universal design forum in Adelaide a creative and diverse meeting place for both speakers and participants. We want to encourage conversations about how to create more inclusive environments. This forum will provide a valuable exchange of ideas, research and solutions as well as establishing connections and networks for future innovation in universal design in Australia.

In this forum, experts in the built environment come together to share and expand their knowledge of universal design, and how we can utilise it to make homes and environments more useable, accessible, safer and convenient for everyone.

Recommended for public and private sector, local government, advocacy and the construction, architecture and design industries.


Universal Design Forum

A word from Hon Kelly Vincent, MLC

universal designUniversal design creates human-centred spaces that are easier for all of us to negotiate across our lifespan. Universal design means that whether you are learning to walk, moving furniture, wheeling luggage, a pram, a wheelchair, a bicycle or unpacking shopping, the built environment is easy to navigate.

Come and share the vision of universal design that will reflect our lifestyle and last a lifetime. Universal design involves making small design changes that will enable older people to age safely in place. Creating beautiful buildings that incorporate universal design principles instead of requiring people to re-locate or retro-fit to suit mobility needs as we age makes social and economic sense.

South Australia has legislated for universal design principles to be considered in the public realm, now it is time to increase the understanding of what’s involved and what’s to be gained.

Universal design offers an inspiring new frontier of design challenge. I’m proud to be hosting this event in Adelaide, and welcome participants to share their ideas about how we can incorporate universal design for the benefit of all. I look forward to welcoming you!

Lord Mayor Martin Haese