Visit the Universal Designed Smart Homes website.

Universal Design-ed Smart Homes If you are interested in learning about Universal Design Homes and human centered sustainability for health and wellness you are at the right spot, here and at my website linked from here. I believe “green” design often isn’t people-centered enough. Buildings, especially home, are for people. I will be using this blog […]

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What is the best residential floor for wheelchair use at home?

The best flooring for mobility devices at home. From the Ground Up. ©2015 Charles Schwab Architect, Please click on the link below to read the article “From the Ground Up” by Charles Schwab Architect AIA, Universal Design Certified Professional. This is the edited article (shorter version) for the bi-monthly column Around the House. Read the December […]

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The Innovator of Universal Design, Mr. Ron Mace explained differences between Universal Design and Barrier Free in 1989

Let’s re-visit Mr. Mace’s speech as he saw Universal Design (UD) and Access, and look at some other related definitions that I think you will appreciate. This time I thought we’d look back into history in an effort to help clarify these definitions and especially for the benefit of our newer design students and Universal […]

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What is the definition of Universal designing as an active process?

Universal design–ing is an active process, as opposed to a stagnant noun. © 2015 Charlie M. Schwab Registered Architect, AIA, Universal Design Certified Specialist Why is the more encompassing meaning of Universal Design (UD) so important? Let’s get started by looking at the standard definition of design. “The word “design” can be either a noun […]

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