An Assessment of Street Design With Universal Design Principles: Case in Aswan / As-Souq

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Ahmed M. E. K., Sungur Ergenoglu A.

MEGARON, vol.11, no.4, pp.616-628, 2016 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/megaron.2016.98704
  • Journal Name: MEGARON
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.616-628
  • Keywords: As-souq Street, public space, Universal Design Principles
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The street is the backbone of the successful community. The design of an urban street should accommodate all people. This study focuses on the concept of "Universal Design for streets and outdoor spaces". Besides, illustrates the basic considerations for "urban street design". In the paper a case study, to examine urban public space, focusing on universal design is presented. The case study was conducted in AS-Souq street, Aswan, Egypt. For the case study, a descriptive research methodology was used. The field research encompassed: "questionnaire" as a quantitative technique and "observations" as qualitative strategies. A questionnaire was conducted in August 2015 with 330 respondents in total. The statistical analysis of survey questionnaire was achieved by using SPSS program. Discussing the findings of the case study is thought to lead a way to other public spaces specifically streets to be more inclusive in design. This study confirms that applying UD as a strategy ensures equal and democratic rights in society for all, consequently encouraging full participation in social life by ensuring access to and usability of all aspects of society, including the built environment, thus improving "quality of life"in the urban fabric and the entire community.