Universal design is about creating good, inclusive communities where everyone can participate.
Gunn Marit Helgesen, president of KS

- Universal design is about creating good, inclusive communities where everyone can participate. By learning from each other we can get better and go further in creating good inclusive communities for all. Working for age-friendly local communities is a priority area for KS, says President of KS, Gunn Marit Helgesen.

This new leaflet presents some of many initiatives carried out by regional and local authorities in Norway, where the purpose is to give everyone better access to outdoor spaces, meeting places and buildings.

The booklet contains examples from Trondheim Municipality, Oslo Municipality, Kristiansand Municipality, Asker Municipality and Time Municipality. 

Dr. Diane Wu at WHO participated in KS' conference on age-friendly societies in 2018. Video: Felix Media

Over the last four years, KS has run a network for municipalities and counties with the theme of universal design. In connection with the efforts of the municipal network for universal design, much good work has been done in the municipalities and counties that participate in that network.

Useful for all, necessary for some

In the booklet "Useful for all, necessary for some", some good examples of universal design are presented. The booklet aims to provide insight into some of the work done in the municipal sector. Buildings that have prioritised universal design are the church in Time Municipality, Hersleb School in Oslo Municipality, Silverberget Cultural Centre in Stavanger Municipality and the City Hall in Bodø Municipality, which now has step-free access.

The booklet also contains examples of outdoor spaces, such as Stovnertårnet in Oslo municipality, Stemmenparken in Time municipality and hiking trails in Telemark county municipality. In Gratangen municipality, a new sensory garden is being made using voluntary work.