A Status of Universal Design in Danish Architectural Policies

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Abstract

In 2009, Denmark ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and thereby acknowledged that Denmark, through policies, plans and programmes, is to work for equal opportunities for persons with disabilities and promote Universal Design in the development of standards, guidelines and e.g. architectural policies. An architectural policy is an acknowledged tool for enhancing the quality of buildings and their surroundings. An important quality of architecture is the ability to include everybody, regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, culture or disability. In 1994, 2004 and again in 2014, Denmark published a national architectural policy. Inclusion as an architectural quality was included, but the focus and terminology changed with every new policy. Based on a desk study about architectural policies, this paper presents how Universal Design is included in Danish municipal architectural policies. On a local level, 34 of 98 Danish municipalities have formulated an architectural policy. None of the architectural policies applies Universal Design, but a few operate with the concept of accessibility, primarily focusing on accessibility for all. This paper discusses how the absence of Universal Design in the architectural policies can be interpreted and how Universal Design can be introduced into future policies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education : Proceedings of Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress 2018
EditorsGerald Craddock, Cormac Doran, Larry McNutt, Dónal Rice
Number of pages10
PublisherIOS Press
Publication date30 Oct 2018
Pages696-705
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-922-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-923-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2018
EventUniversal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 30 Oct 20182 Nov 2018

Conference

ConferenceUniversal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period30/10/201802/11/2018
SeriesStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume256
ISSN0926-9630

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Denmark
disability
human being
equal opportunity
technical language
municipality
sexuality
building
ethnicity
inclusion
gender
ability

Bibliographical note

Paper delivered at the Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress (UDHEIT2018), held in Dublin, Ireland, from 30 October to 2 November 2018.

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Architectural policy
  • Legislation
  • Policy design
  • Universal Design

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Grangaard, S. (2018). A Status of Universal Design in Danish Architectural Policies. In G. Craddock, C. Doran, L. McNutt, & D. Rice (Eds.), Transforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education: Proceedings of Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress 2018 (pp. 696-705). IOS Press. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Vol.. 256 https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-923-2-696
Grangaard, Sidse. / A Status of Universal Design in Danish Architectural Policies. Transforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education: Proceedings of Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress 2018. editor / Gerald Craddock ; Cormac Doran ; Larry McNutt ; Dónal Rice. IOS Press, 2018. pp. 696-705 (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Vol. 256).
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Grangaard, S 2018, A Status of Universal Design in Danish Architectural Policies. in G Craddock, C Doran, L McNutt & D Rice (eds), Transforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education: Proceedings of Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress 2018. IOS Press, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, vol. 256, pp. 696-705, Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress, Dublin, Ireland, 30/10/2018. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-923-2-696

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Grangaard S. A Status of Universal Design in Danish Architectural Policies. In Craddock G, Doran C, McNutt L, Rice D, editors, Transforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education: Proceedings of Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress 2018. IOS Press. 2018. p. 696-705. (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Vol. 256). https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-923-2-696