Quirks & Quarks BlogSparkPhoto Galleries ‘Responsive street furniture’ in cities could boost accessibility


Designer Ross Atkin thinks smart urban fixtures could make life easier for people with disabilities. Blind or disabled people are often required to adapt to the world around them, using aids like a guide dog or a wheelchair.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.