Universal Design and Friendly Buildings

BCA actively promotes Universal Design (UD) concepts for buildings and public places so that everyone – the young, old and people with disabilities – can live, work, learn and play in a friendly environment.

What is UD

UD refers to “design for all”. It aims to create an environment that address the physical, social and psychological needs of as many people as possible, regardless of abilities and age.

Applications of UD

User-friendly buildings and projects consider factors like:

  • Accessibility and way-finding (e.g. how well-connected a building is to nearby amenities)
  • User-friendly facilities (e.g. multi-generation play equipment for public use)
  • Safety (e.g. handrails and non-slip ground)
  • Design integration (e.g. features that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional)
  • Operations and maintenance (e.g. ways to create a safe and inclusive environment during operations and maintenance)

Find a friendly building

Use this search engine to find a friendly building and past UD Mark award winners.

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