Design that takes into account more than just an immediate need, but the future usefulness of the space, and a broader range of abilities and functions is Universal Design. It can be inspired by the desire to have a home that can be lived in well into old age, or a business that is physically welcoming to all, regardless of differing physical abilities. In some cases it is necessary to comply with the law of the land, the Americans with Disabilities Act, in other cases it is a conscious choice as a “best practice” It has advantages beyond the immediate need. It is a choice that sometimes has added costs, but always adds value.
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
…even the poets agree!
Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture, existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Consider Universal Design as a contribution to the future, yours, and those who follow.