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Weimar Declaration
from the universal design expert conference
from November 12 to 14, 2009


universal design involves the design and development of products and environments that can be used by all people – as far as possible – without requiring any adaptation or specialized customizations. There are many differences between the worlds of the young and old, the healthy and the ill, of people with and without disabilities. One topic in the field of design, however, forms the basis of what they all have in common: well-designed products, properly planned architecture and services designed to meet specific needs.

In this context, design takes on a position of great responsibility. After all, functionality, ergonomics, the right choice of materials, visualization of intended use and user interfaces are just as firmly anchored in this discipline as aesthetics. We are already confronted with the demographical effects and developments in their entire breadth today. In the future, these developments will require us to make significant changes and to exhibit a high degree of willingness to innovate.

The significance of the tasks described with the words universal design has not yet been sufficiently communicated for the general public to truly understand and see what it is all about. It has not yet touched many different areas of society. universal design is the Nº 1 challenge to the field of design for the next decades! Germany has a long history of developing and evaluating products, architecture and services in the light of their demographic impact. There is much more that still needs to be done to transform this potential into future-proof, commercially viable and results-oriented strategies.

… » universal design « is the design of products, environments, programs and services that can be used by all people to the greatest possible extent, without requiring any adaptation or customized design.
Excerpt from the UN Charter on the Rights of the Disabled

The signotories of the Weimar Declaration hereby state that:

universal design places the main focus on people.
universal design is not only a design topic.
universal design is an interdisciplinary task.
universal design is open to all users.
universal design creates service systems.
universal design is a process, not a standard.
universal design promotes social inclusion.
universal design deals with questions concerning the future.
universal design is a mindset and a responsibility.
universal design must be firmly anchored in the education system, early and continually.
uinversal design undertakes to enlighten the worlds of politics and industry.
universal design secures and promotes economic growth.

The signatories

Arndt, Insa Agentur sichtwandel; 38464 Papenrode
Babtist, Gerrit Bauhaus-Uni Weimar; 99423 Weimar
Bade, Thomas universal design e. V.; 30521 Hannover
Bartels, Heiko – Prof. Bauhaus-Uni Weimar; 99423 Weimar
Bauch, Alexandra Bauhaus.TransferzentrumDESIGN e.V.; 99428 Weimar - Gelmeroda
Bauer, Maximilian Alumni/Bauhaus-Uni Weimar; 99423 Weimar
Baumert, Andreas – Prof. FH Hannover; 30459 Hannover
Bilabel, Jacob Sylvester THEMA1 GmbH; 10115 Berlin
Böckelmann, Thomas debolon, dessauer bodenbeläge GmbH & Co. KG; 06846 Dessau-Roßlau
Böhm, Philip Alumni / Bauhaus-Uni Weimar; 99423 Weimar
Brockhausen, Paul Thüringer Ministerium für Fam., Soziales u. Gesundheit; 99096 Erfurt
Brodbeck, Stefan brodbeck design; 80336 München
Büter, Rylana iF International Forum Design GmbH; 30521 Hannover
Dobler, Natalie ORNAMIN-Kunststoffwerke; 32427 Minden
Ehret, Tanja Tombusch & Brumann, Geschäftsbereich mittendrin; 59387 Ascheberg
Erdelt, Thorsten ORNAMIN-Kunststoffwerke; 32427 Minden
Feddersen, Eckhard – Dipl. Ing. feddersenarchitekten; 10553 Berlin
Frackenpohl, Thorsten Frackenpohl Poulheim; 50668 Köln
Frenkler, Fritz f/p design gmbh, TU München; 81679 München
Ganseforth, Heinrich Strategy & Marketing Institute GmbH; 30559 Hannover
Goetze, Maxi Bauhaus.TransferzentrumDESIGN e.V.; 99428 Weimar - Gelmeroda
Grüneberg, Eberhard – OKR Diakonie Mitteldeutschland; 99096 Erfurt
Grüter, Michael Astrid & Michael Grüter Innenarchitekten BDIA AkNS; 31558 Hagenburg
Heimgärtner, Rüdiger IUIC - Intercultural User Interface Consulting; 93152 Undorf
Hein, Johannes Alumni/Bauhaus-Uni Weimar; 99423 Weimar
Held, Fred Held + Team; 22299 Hamburg
Herwig, Oliver – Dr. freier Journalist; 80686 München
Hirsch, Sandra TU München; 80333 München
Hirsch, Ulrich Design & Identität; 24103 Kiel
Jacobs, Frido Agentur für Design + Kunst; 33428 Harsewinkel
Kampe, Gerhard Hochschule Coburg; 96450 Coburg
Kiolbassa, Michael Hansgrohe AG; 77761 Schiltach
Knigge, Mathias grauwert, Büro für demografiefeste Produkte und Dienstleistungen;
22761 Hamburg
Kodisch, Carolin Bauhaus-Universität Weimar und k.u.g.-architekten; 99423 Weimar
Kurban, Martin Bauhaus-Universität Weimar ; 99423 Weimar
La Rocca, Gabriela Wiesner-Hager Möbel GmbH; 5073 Wals-Himmel- reich Österreich
Lanz, Michael designaffairs GmbH; 81671 München
Leupold, Mario Innovationszentrum Niedersachsen GmbH; 30159 Hannover
Lohmann, Tobias Deutsche Bahn, Training Learning & Consulting; 60486 Frankfurt
Marschaleck, Roger Ströer Out-Of-Home Media AG; 50999 Köln
Mühlbradt, Thomas GOM mbH; 52070 Aachen
Müller, Frank B. PH Meyer Wirtschaftsberatung GmbH & CoKG; 33602 Bielefeld
Müller, Hans Jörg HEWI Heinrich Wilke GmbH; 34442 Bad Arolsen
Müller, Sven Bauhaus.TransferzentrumDESIGN e.V.; 99428 Weimar - Gelmeroda
Nagel, Achim PRIMUS developments GmbH ; 20457 Hamburg
Nagel, Britta freie Journalistin; 20457 Hamburg
Neumann, Peter – Dr. NeumannConsult / Europ. Institut Design für Alle in Deutschland e.V. EDAD;
48143 Münster
Neumann, Stefan Vincentz Network GmbH&Co.KG; 30175 Hannover
Niebuhr, Dea – Prof. Dr. Hochschule Fulda; 36039 Fulda
Peters, Gertrudis Architekten Kammer Thüringen; 99107 Erfurt
Picht, Rena RAUM.HAUS.KULTUR.VISION; 33613 Bielefeld
Poulheim, André Frackenpohl Poulheim; 50668 Köln
Pürschel, May-Britt Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Verkehr; 30159 Hannover
Reidl, Andreas A.GE Agentur für Generationen-Marketing; 90402 Nürnberg
Rychter, Alexander BFW Bundesverband Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen e.V.;
10707 Berlin
Sagel, Claus Mauser Einrichtungssysteme; 34497 Korbach
Sattler, Wolfgang – Prof. Bauhaus-Universität; 99423 Weimar
Sauer, Gregor Bauhaus.TransferzentrumDESIGN e.V.; 99428 Weimar - Gelmeroda
Sauer, Nina Klinik für Psychosomatische Medizin, Diakoniekrankenhaus Henriettenstiftung;
30559 Hannover
Schmidt-Ruhland, Karin – Prof. Burg Giebichenstein, Hochschule für Kunst und Design; 06003 Halle (Saale)
Schroedter, Anna Bauhaus.TransferzentrumDESIGN e.V.; 99428 Weimar - Gelmeroda
Schulz, Andreas – Prof. HAWK Fakultät Gestaltung ; 31134 Hildesheim
Schwager, Christiane Senioren-Kommunikation; 50674 Köln
Seidel, Jörg Stock & Seidel Rechtsanwälte – Hannover; 30175 Hannover
Seitz, Reinhold GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft; 87459 Pfronten
Soth, Dietmar Leben ohn Barrieren; 47533 Kleve
Spellmeyer, Gunnar FH Hannover, Fachbereich Design & Medien; 30539 Hannover
Strippel, Klaus design 08.17; 50670 Köln
Thiesbürger, Susanne M. AGD Allianz deutscher Designer; 80636 München
Trabandt, Susanne Dipl. Ing. Architektin; IHD Institut für Holztechnologie, 01217 Dresden
Trenkamp, Thomas Carpet Concept Objekt-Teppichboden GmbH; 33719 Bielefeld
Turzer, Dominique Bauhaus.TransferzentrumDESIGN e.V.; 99428 Weimar - Gelmeroda
van Bezooyen, Aart Material Stories; 22761 Hamburg
Voigt, Hartmut Burg Giebichenstein, Hochschule für Kunst und Design; 06003 Halle (Saale)
von Häfen, Karoline Festo AG & Co. KG; 73734 Esslingen
von Mitschke-Collande, Peter
– Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Leibniz Universität Hannover; 30173 Hannover
von Steinaecker, Benita Handwerkskammer Hannover; 30827 Carbsen (Berenbostel)
Wedler, Tobias Smart Concept/ Wedler & Wedler GbR ; 30159 Hannover
Weller, Birgit – Prof. Use Identity and Design Network; 10117 Berlin
Wessels, Claudia Leichte Sprache Lebenshilfe Bremen; 28217 Bremen
Werner, Matthias Bauhaus.TransferzentrumDESIGN e.V.; 99428 Weimar - Gelmeroda
Wiegmann, Ralph iF International Forum Design; 30521 Hannover
Wittenbrink, Georg Vauth-Sagel Systemtechnik GmbH & C. KG; 30521 Hannover