Sustainable Life and Social Development through Universally Designed Environment

  • Syazwani Abdul Kadir Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Mariam Jamaludin Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Abstract

Universally designed environment provides comfort, adaptability and flexibility that can help to reduce human life cycle impact and encourage residents’ participation in the community. With that, the purpose of this conceptual study is to explore the concept of Universal Design (UD) as a significant aspect of social sustainability, based on professional practitioners’ and scholarly views. UD implementation in built environment may cater the needs of diverse users over the changing abilities throughout lifespan. This study concludes that UD has evolved as a significant component for sustainable life and social development within the individual’s own dwelling and the community as well.


Keywords: Universal Design; social sustainability; sustainable life; social development.


eISSN 2514-751X © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/aje-bs.v5i17.49

Published
2018-07-01
How to Cite
ABDUL KADIR, Syazwani; JAMALUDIN, Mariam. Sustainable Life and Social Development through Universally Designed Environment. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 9, p. 183-192, july 2018. ISSN 2514-751X. Available at: <https://aje-bs.e-iph.co.uk/index.php/ajE-Bs/article/view/49>. Date accessed: 26 june 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.21834/aje-bs.v5i17.49.
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