Call for UD Decision Support Tool

The POLIS project is underway in the European Union to study practices related to design people with disabilities.

Project Description:
http://dbs.cordis.lu/fep-cgi/srchidadb?ACTION=D&SESSION=&DOC=1&TBL=EN_PROJ&RCN=EP_RCN:71974&CALLER=FP6_PROJ



POLIS draws on the work and the results recent projects such as the PUB+ project (5FP, EESD) that is now compiling EU wide information on the practices of member states, with regard to people with mobility impairments, as well as on the PRESCO project that is looking into accessibility issues, in the context of sustainable construction. This work has, among other, also highlighted the fact that attempts made and initiatives taken are very often on an ad- hoc basis, with little respect to any well defined design framework and lacking systematic and cost- efficient valuation methods. The proposed work in POLIS takes these results one-step further and foresees to develop a complete functional and technical specification of what should constitute a fully-fledged Decision Support System for a Universal Building Design (DSS-UBD). This attempt will closely review and build also on related work carried out elsewhere in the world. In the short term, it will seek to focus on the configuration of a decision support system to help reach Universal Design decisions while in the long run, it will consider the development of a distinct certification scheme applicable across the EU buildings, as an official label of all buildings adhering by the Universal Design principle.

Such a certification scheme, especially to the extent it is incorporated in appropriate policy instruments, may dramatically expedite the proliferation of Universal Design in everyday life. In this way, POLIS will develop and profit from this early understanding of the relationship between the envisaged policy developments and the underlying market opportunities, in terms of assistive technologies and related services to diverse audiences such as architects, engineers, IT professionals, product designers, building contractors, etc.

Contact Person:
Name: SAKKAS, Nikos (Dr)
Email: nsak@bpm.gr

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