The application of universal design legislation and standards in Malaysia and Australia
Mohamed Yusof, Liyana and Jones, David 2013, The application of universal design legislation and standards in Malaysia and Australia, in ICUDBE 2013 : Proceedings of the Sharing the World MUSAWAH : 3rd International Conference on Universal Design in the Built Environment, KAED Universal Design Unit, Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University of Malaysia, Putrajaya, Malaysia, pp. 195-212.
Legislation and standards are alleged to be one of the key solutions for improving accessibility and Universal Design implementation in Malaysia including its implementation in housing design. In response to this concern, the government of Malaysia has taken considerable steps in articulating professional practice obligations as demonstrated in continual improvements in relevant new laws and standards (Malaysian Standard (MS)). The findings from a preliminary study have however evidenced a clear gap between having laws and standards and ensuring their implementation in the construction industry. This paper reviews the issues faced by the existing Malaysian enforcement and practices to Universal Design. The findings emphasise awareness, understanding and practice implications for the legislation and its standards in Malaysia, and problems and assumptions perceived. Findings indicate that there is lack of understanding and awareness of the current legislation and standards in the construction industry, in addition to the insufficiency of comprehensive guidelines to regulate Universal Design in Malaysia.
Field of Research
120101 Architectural Design 120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Socio Economic Objective
970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
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