Asia-Pacific Aug 1, 2016
SINGAPORE: Themed “Universal Design in Public Places” this year, Singapore Universal Design Week kicked off on Wednesday, with the launch of the country’s first Universal Design Guide for Public Places.
Organized by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA), the third Singapore Universal Design Week is filled with events on how excellent Universal Design strategies create an inclusive environment for everyone, including persons with disabilities and older people in Singapore.
BCA Chief Executive Officer John Keung said the objective is to make Universal Design a big part of life in Singapore, and everyone can live, work, learn and play in comfort, ease and in friendly surroundings.
“We recognize how public places are an important part of our living environment and simple but inclusive designs can make a huge difference in everyone’s lives. Hence, our universal design efforts will go beyond buildings and focus on public places.”
One of the highlights of Singapore Universal Design Week is the launch of Singapore’s first Universal Design Guide for Public Places, which was unveiled at the opening ceremony by Singapore’s National Development Minister Lawrence Wong.
The newly issued Guide, which is one of the key initiatives of the Ministerial Committee on Ageing’s Action Plan for Successful Ageing, will guide architects, engineers, building owners and developers in providing more Universal Design features in public places.
Developed in collaboration with the BCA’s tripartite partners — public agencies, the industry and voluntary welfare organizations, the Guide covers a comprehensive approach to Universal Design in and around buildings, vehicular environments, sanitary facilities and even for different types of public buildings such as community clubs and supermarkets.
Singapore Universal Design Week will last until Saturday, which attracts building professionals, developers, industry firms, public agencies and voluntary welfare organizations to take part in various events and learning opportunities, such as Universal Design Conference, Universal Design Exhibition, Universal Design Forum and Universal Design Building Tour.