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Universal Design

The late Professor Ronald Mace of North Carolina State University coined the term "universal design" in 1975 to describe the concept of designing built spaces so that they can be accessed by everyone, and designing products so that they can be easily understood and used by everyone while respecting the value of the individual. The approach espoused by Mace, who himself had experience practicing architecture while disabled, initially gained attention in Japan and the United States in the design of public facilities. Recently it has developed into a significant social theme against a backdrop of increasing awareness of the need to apply such standards to living environment for older and specially challenged individuals.

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