Universal design should have universal approach. The public space is meant for everybody, not just for non-disabled people.
Many people have different kinds of disabilities, which prevents them from accessing some buildings or parts of public space, in a normal way.
So, it should be planned and constructed to allow all people to move freely. Not just government and medical buildings, but all – from public traffic to parks. That space has to be planned in a way that people can access public transportation and use it in everyday activities. In fact, many people with disabilities do not use them because there is no way to access them in a wheelchair. It is especially hard for older people to access those places too.
Nowdays, many architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects and city planners are approaching this problem with embracing equality and respect for those with disabilities. They are trying to create warm and creative public space with interesting architectural segments. Also, many of them are trying to re-use the old buildings or spaces and to be more eco-friendly. Universal design is not a park only designed for non-disabled visitors or outdoor lift, but it is usable for all, disabled and non-disabled. It is difficult to have a normal daily routine if you are in a wheelchair and everybody should be aware of that.
This is a modern, eco and equality point of view. That is why universal design and accessibility in public space are important. Whether conducted by non-profit organizations or government organizations, this projects are likely to become a great business success. With growing social awareness, more and more corporations and organizations are willing to invest fortune in universal design projects. Projects like this are definitively great investment, for both business and for the soul. For sure, universal design will have important role in society and it will be good for business, too.