Universal Design, Aging-in-Place, transgenerational design, oh my!

March 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm 3 comments

With all the word soup in the industry, it is not surprising to find confused consumers asking, what’s the difference?

Universal Design, according to Ron Mace, “is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” It is designing to meet the needs of as many users as possible.

 Aging-in-Place design takes into consideration a person’s current and possible future needs and incorporates them into the design in advance, to allow a person to remain in their home for as long as possible.

According to Jim Pirkl, transgenerational design is “design for all ages and all abilities….If a teenager sprains his ankle, he’s disabled for a while. If a woman gets pregnant, her mobility is temporarily affected. We all have some level of disability during our lives. No design will serve 100 percent of the people 100 percent of the time, but we’re trying to make sure no one group is excessively penalized by the design.” Jim Pirkl has built the Transgenerational House, in New Mexico.

From what I have read on transgenerational design, it certainly seems to run a very close line to Universal Design. The Transgenerational House also appears to incorporate aging-in-place and universal design concepts. What do you think?

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Abbie Sladick (Stylish Safety)  |  July 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Transgenerational design does seem to be close to Universal Design. Some of the conversations refer to housing that is used by people of different ages and abilities at the same time. (Multi-generational.)

    This is the way that our housing design must move to meet the needs of our changing society.

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  • 2. ambiso susan  |  March 10, 2011 at 1:39 am

    transgenerational design is one of the factors 4 design 4 all.

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    • 3. ambiso susan  |  March 10, 2011 at 1:41 am

      it doesnt discriminate anyone

      Reply

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