The course is Universal Design and Public Accommodations and it is one offered by IDeA, which is The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access at The University of Buffalo.
I advise anyone interested in the field of universal design to consider their distance learning courses through this program.
Just in case...
UD Goal 1
of body styles, abilities...
and transporting methods.
The Nashville American Prisoners of War Pathway has ample room for various modes of active transportation that allow people access to the active riverfront culture.
These photos are from last spring and taken on an afternoon walk around town.
I think these wide pathways and open settings are great examples of accommodating a broad range of body fits when considering body fit encompasses more than a persons body but also their method of transportation.
Strollers are now made to
accommodate triplets...imagine that!
for use is easily perceived.
This is our favorite place to stay when we go to Nashville--it is on the edge of town but still close enough to walk to many different things to do and see in the downtown area. It is very well kept and offers a lot in the way of access in and out of the property from the front and back via pedestrian routes. The elevators are in the front lobby so they can't be missed. Plus there is a great little Italian eatery and an awesome photo op right across the parking lot!
This roundabout at Korean Veterans Parkway and 8th Avenue South in Nashville is well marked for vehicles and pedestrians. The street designers made good use of textures and surfaces to create the very obvious circulation routes.
The downtown crosswalks in Nashville are clearly marked.
at Sunset Hills
The fitness center in this municipal facility is located on the lower level of the building but that shouldn't be a stopping point for a person who wants to use it but can't do stairs.
Having the elevators placed front and center in the lobby makes it obvious to users where they need to go to do what they need to do to keep themselves active.
This streetscapers who worked on this are clearly recognizing and promoting active transportation and the active transporters are clearly very happy about this met need for a dedicated bike lane.
Treating all groups with dignity and respect.
American Prisoners of War Pathway on Shelby Street Bridge in Nashville TN.
There is so much here to make mention of: the respect and honor being shown to American Prisoners of War, the preservation of a city landmark, the incorporation of access components. Elevators are at both ends of the bridge to accommodate users from both sides.
The forward thinking planners who put this repurposing project together were ahead of their time and demonstrate how progressive of a city Nashville is.
Nashville is definitely set up as a place to explore and we are having fun making our way around when we can.