We are very excited to publish this compilation of the papers to be presented at UD2014, the International Conference on Universal Design in Lund, Sweden, June 16–18, 2014. The engagement for Universal Design around the globe seems to be larger than ever before. UD2014 will bring together a diverse group of practitioners and researchers in a broad conference that focuses on collectively exploring creative and desirable solution proposals that will shape the future of universal design products and practices.
Universal design, design for all and inclusive design all aim at dismantling physical and social barriers to inclusion in all areas of life. Our aim is to make UD2014 in Lund a creative and diverse meeting place for all participants. By exchanging knowledge, experiences and ideas we can build global connections and creative networks for future work on universal design.
We hope the conference will give participants and contributors rich opportunities to learn and engage in discussions on universal design. The contributions represent 27 countries and it is a great pleasure to outline the content of the conference. UD2014 will comprise 89 oral presentations, 6 keynote lectures, 2 plenary sessions, 7 workshops, 24 poster presentations, 10 student projects, and an extensive demo/exhibition track. The themes of UD2014 span over large parts of societal life, in work and in play, in indoor and outdoor spaces, in cities and rural settings, for young and for old.
These proceedings clearly show the breadth of universal design and its on-going adoption in societies all over the world. We are looking forward to meeting you in Lund in June 2014 and wish you a very warm welcome to “Three Days of Creativity and Diversity”.
For the conference committees,
Per-Olof Hedvall, Conference Chair,
In anticipation of UD2014, http://ud2014.se