Planning - Design Training and Universal Design

Aydın Türk Y.

4th World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Educational Leadership (WCLTA), Barcelona, Spain, 27 - 29 October 2013, vol.141, pp.1019-1024 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 141
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.05.171
  • City: Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.1019-1024
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In its broadest term, Universal Design (UD) is "design for all people". Design training should train individuals that design suitable spaces for all kinds of needs and users so that designers who are aware of this could adopt the notion of "universal design" more. To achieve this, the notion of "universal design" should be incorporated into all departments that offer planning and design training. The aim of the study is to identify the place and nature of the notion of "Universal Design" in the design and planning training in Turkey, and to discuss the insufficiencies and proposals for solutions in the design training. In line with the above-mentioned aims of the study, the data that were obtained through a literature review will be evaluated and the syllabi of the planning-and design-related departments in the universities will be examined. The number and contents of the compulsory and elective courses in the syllabi that incorporate the " notion of universal design" will be probed into. As a result; the study will present some conclusions and recommendations in order to evaluate and improve the notion of " Universal Design or " Design for All People" in the syllabi of the master's and doctoral programs on design and planning in Turkey. (C) 2014 Published by Elsevier Ltd.