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Course description

Universal design and environmental conservation are increasingly important topics in today’s world. The course will cover a wide range of topics related to universal design and its impact on the environment, including sustainable building materials, energy-efficient design, and accessibility for all. You’ll explore the latest research and best practices, and gain practical skills and knowledge to apply to your own work.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn some of the top trending topics in the profession.
2. Participants will learn some of the latest research regarding the Universal Design.
3. Participants will understand strategies of universal designs in product development.
4. Participants will comprehend how universal designing helps in sustainable planning.

General Course Information

Credits 2.5 CEU/CE/PH/CH
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Abstract: Sustainable urbanism involves a wide range of issues, starting with the building unit and leading up to the city scale under the discourse of sustainability, including the four main dimensions of environmental, economic, cultural, and social. Universal design (UD) can be suggested as one of the significant catalyzers of urban design parameters, which are among the basic elements of social sustainability. UD is significant in terms of providing solutions that meet the common needs of all individuals in built environments. There is a strong relationship between social sustainability and UD. Thus, adopting the concept of UD in the planning of urban spaces is crucial. Within this framework, via the relevant theoretical evaluation, a conceptual framework is constructed in order to explain universal design as a concept within the context of urban design parameters and social sustainability. Alongside discussing universal design as a term, urban design parameters and social sustainability are also discussed in order to explain the development of the theoretical model. Later, in the methodology section of the study, northern Nicosia has been chosen as the study area. A qualitative evaluation regarding the seven dimensions of universal design and a quantitative assessment based on the TSI standards, prepared including European directives/regulations, were applied to the chosen nine urban space items on the avenue. Based on the findings at ¸Sht. Kemal Ünal Avenue, it can be concluded that urban spaces in northern Nicosia do not achieve a convenient environment for all individuals to the greatest extent possible. Further, in the discussion section of  the study, several suggestions are presented for the improvement of streets, taking into account UD principles. These suggestions refer to the stops, sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, urban furniture, and equipment on the avenue. In sum, it is expected that the qualitative and quantitative analyses undertaken and the literature review, including a theoretical model, will contribute to the existing knowledge on the terminology of universal design in the context of social sustainability. Keywords: universal design; urban design parameters; social sustainability; qualitative and quantitative analysis;