National Institute of Design (NID) hosted a press conference to announce the ‘Universal Design India Principles’ recently. On the occasion, Abir Mullick (National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad), Jignesh Khakhar (Activity chairperson, Research & Publications, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad), among others, were present. Universal design is about a fundamental shift in thinking about design, particularly with regard to designing, to address social differences.
Developed in the US as a civil rights issue and equal opportunity for those with and without disabilities, the democratic values of universal design are grounded in selfreliance, social empowerment and personal choice. The Universal Design India principles are equitable/ saman, usable/sahaj, cultural /sanskritik, economy/sasta, aesthetics/sundar. It seeks to address social and cultural diversity fundamental to the diversity of India.