Right and Participation: Participatory Universal Design of Public Bus for Older Persons

By Kin Wai Michael Siu.

Published by The Design Collection

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Although the barrier-free concept in transportation has been advocated for many years, older persons still face difficulties and restrictions in accessing public buses. This paper first emphasises the right of older persons to access public buses. Taking Hong Kong as a case study, this paper reviews the key difficulties and restrictions for older persons to access public buses, and identifies the directions for design improvement. It then reports the process of a participatory design project that involved older persons as active participants in the different design stages. It discusses the matters of concern in carrying out this kind of participatory projects. Finally, the paper advocates that the best way to obtain a universal design for older persons is by user participation.

Keywords: Right, Design, Participation, Universal Design, Older Persons, Public Design, Bus

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.299-312. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.662MB).

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu

Professor, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael Siu is Professor and Lab Leader of the Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests are in public design, design and society, and universal and inclusive design.

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