Universal Design Center – Research and Design Unit to Address the Needs of the Quality, Accessibility and Affordable Housing for the Community

The Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Thammasat University, recognize the importance of how the quality, safety, and affordable housing are essential to having the healthy and sustainable communities.  The University has established Universal Design Center (Thamamsat UDC – หน่วยวิจัยและออกแบบเพื่อคนทั้งมวล มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์) as a research and design center, working to address the needs for quality, safety, accessible, affordable and more efficient facilities, environment and housing for people in local community, especially for the elderly groups.
Universal Design – What is it?
Universal Design Center – Housing for Elderly and People with Disabilities

Thammasat UDC, under the supervision of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Thammasat University started the projects to focus in the planning and development issues with local authorities and communities in 2013 and continued since then until the present.
UDTham – Universal Design – Research and Design Unit for All, Thammasat University (Facebook)

The center comprises of the working group from the Civil State Social Work Group on Housing and Ecosystem for Living.  The main tasks are to build, repair, rebuild and improve housing facilities and public places for elderly population under the concept “One Province One Built”. The center also provide counseling and training on the design and improvement of housing to have a better quality, safer, more accessible, and more affordable for the elderly people and people with disabilities.

The Environmental Design Unit, a part of the Universal Design Center, Thammasat University (Thammast UDC) worked with local authorities and carried out the design, planning, and development of these projects to ensure that local residents are able to have the quality, accessible, affordable housing and healthy surrounding such as:

Previous project done in 2021 was with Bang Pho Subdistrict. The Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Thammasat University together with Rajamangala University of Technology Suvarnabhumi conducted a survey around the corporative housing area and community service buildings in Bang Pho Subdistrict to explore the ways to improve the quality, accessibility and safety in living and working around those areas.
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