Revista Digital Universitaria
Revista Digital Universitaria ISSN: 1607 - 6079 | Publicación mensual | 1 de abril de 2017 Vol.18, Núm.4


Design Thinking in Plural. The Seven Principles of Universal Design

Roxana Suárez Estrada

Thinking and designing in the plural means the probability that adding groups of people users divided by their characteristics and specifically by their physical capacities, will contribute to the inclusion of people with disabilities. The purpose of explaining concepts of accessibility, universal design in this article, is to expose a topic of interest to those dedicated to design, architecture, urbanism; and others interested in this subject.

The universal design, as a synonym of "design for all"; proposes to reach an accessibility and give it universality: everything for the maximum number of people, through its seven principles to determine that, if the conditions of public recreation spaces are not adequate, or designed taking them into account, that is one of the reasons by people, who have special needs, do not go to them.

It has been used a practical research instrument, a survey of a group of people with disabilities and to know the sensations caused by a space designed without considering the diversity of capacities, the lack of application of the concepts of accessibility, feelings of inequality, discrimination and exclusion to persons with disabilities.

Keywords: universal design, disability, accessibility, inclusion, public spaces.