ID#: 9142
Description: Caption:
This was one of five images (PHIL 9139-9143), depicting rotating/folding stadium seats. Here, from a right lateral view, one seat was in the open position, and one in the closed, mid-rotated position. These seats provided a unique level of flexibility for patrons of spectator events, where fixed seats were typically installed. The design provided the same range of seating options to people, who use wheelchairs, or scooters. The design combined two seat assemblies mounted and articulated from a single post. This flexibility allowed people using wheelchairs to sit with friends and family members, and therefore, feel integrated with the public. A walking person could also use a seat, fold it up, or swing it to the side, and in this way, exit the row or aisle behind, while not disturbing the occupants of adjacent seats.
Additional Information:
“The Center for Universal Design (CUD) conducts original research to learn what design solutions are appropriate for the widest diversity of users, and what tools are most useful to practitioners wishing to successfully practice universal design. The Center collaborates with builders and manufacturers on the development of new design solutions. It also develops publications and instructional materials, and provides information, referrals and technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, families, and professionals nationwide and internationally.”

Universal Design Principles/Guidelines:

- Avoid segregating or stigmatizing any users

- Provide choice in methods of use

- Provide a clear line of sight to important elements for any seated or standing user

- Make reach to all components comfortable for any seated or standing user

- Provide adequate space for the use of assistive devices or personal assistance

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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design (CUD)
Creation Date: 1999
Photo Credit: John H. Staehlin; Volunteers for Medical Engineering, Inc.
Links: North Carolina State University - The Center for Universal Design
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Copyright Restrictions: Yes - This image is copyright protected. Any public or private use of this image is subject to prevailing copyright laws. Please contact the content provider of this image for permission requests.