Free Book: Universal Design and Visitability


visitability cover

Announcing a free e-book for environmental designers, planners, and others
interested in universal design.

Jack L. Nasar, & Jennifer Evans-Cowley (Eds.) (2007). Universal Design and Visitability: From Accessibility to Zoning. Columbus, OH: John Glenn School
of Public Affairs. (Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts
Universal Design Leadership Initiative).

You can download the pdf file for free at:

If you would prefer to have a paperback addition, you can order it
by sending a check made out to The Ohio State University for 34.99 ($ 29.99
+ 5.00 shipping U.S.)

Jack Nasar

231 Knowlton Hall, 275 W. Woodruff Ave
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210

The book introduces the concepts of universal design and visitability. It

€ a paradigm for the future
€ rationale for studying it
€ design and planning examples
€ a discussion of design for individuals with vision loss,
€ planning barrier free transportation facilities
€ successful county-wide and national policy initiatives
€ the importance of education, and
€ considerations of certain cultural barriers to adoption of policies.
It aims to advance your understanding of this ever-widening movement; to
provide the information needed to teach the concept of universal design, and
to plan, design, and draft policy for making spaces comfortably accessible
to everyone.


Jack L. Nasar and Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Deborah Kendrick

The Seven Principles of Universal Design into Planning Practice
Wolfgang F. E. Preiser

Toward Inclusive Housing and Neighborhood Design: A Look at Visitability
Jordana L. Maisel

Universal Design, Architecture and Spatial Cognition without Sight
Shohreh Rashtian

Universal Design in Public Transportation: ³Segway² to the Future

Katharine Hunter-Zaworski

As Your County Gets Older. . . Planning for Senior Housing Needs in Howard
County, Maryland

Stephen Lafferty

Making Universal Design work in Zoning and Regional Planning: A Scandinavian

Olav Rand Bringa

Research and Teaching Of Accessibility and Universal Design In Brazil:
Hindrances and Challenges In a Developing Country

Cristiane Rose Duarte and Regina Cohen

Universal Design Guidelines to Accommodate Wheelchair Occupants in the Thai

Antika Sawadsri

Universal Design in the Institutional Setting: Weaving a Philosophy into
Campus Planning

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