AFAMOUR, present at TECMA 2024 with 13 of its associates

AFAMOUR at TECMA 2024: Promoting sustainable cities

24 Jun 2024 present

In this new edition of TECMA, held on 18 to the 20 June, June, 2024 at IFEMA Madrid, AFAMOUR has been present with 13 Partner companies, mostrando sus últimas innovaciones en mobiliario urbano y parques infantiles. Esta feria también ha sido escenario del Foro de las Ciudades, donde la presidenta de AFAMOUR, Miren Jiménez Azpilicueta, ha subrayado la importancia de convertir los entornos urbanos en espacios aptos para la salud y el bienestar humano.

AFAMOUR presente con 13 asociados en TECMA 2024

Innovación en el showroom de AFAMOUR

El showroom de AFAMOUR ha supuesto un punto destacado de la feria, reuniendo a algunas de sus empresas asociadas para exhibir productos y servicios innovadores y eficientes, destinados a la creación de parques infantiles y zonas de entrenamiento. Las empresas asociadas de AFAMOUR que participaron en este showroom fueron:

  1. Agapito Industries
  2. Aes XXI
  3. Avant Serveis i Elements Urbans
  4. Benito
  5. Urban Environment
  6. Huck Spain
  7. Isaba
  8. Kompan Spain
  9. Myparque
  10. Mobipark
  11. Neusus
  12. Saludes Parques Infantiles y Mobiliario Urbano
  13. Sanpe Engineering

Estas empresas han exhibido productos innovadores y eficientes diseñados para la creación de parques infantiles y zonas de entrenamiento, contribuyendo activamente a la transformación de las ciudades en espacios más acogedores, Healthy, inclusive and sustainable.

La visión de AFAMOUR en el Foro de las Ciudades

Uno de los momentos cumbre de TECMA 2024 ha sido la intervención de Miren Jiménez Azpilicueta, president of AFAMOUR, en el Foro de las Ciudades. En su intervención dentro del tema “¿Cómo hacemos que las ciudades sean espacios para la salud y el bienestar humano?", Jiménez Azpilicueta abordó varios temas cruciales para el futuro de nuestras áreas urbanas.

AFAMOUR ha estado presente en TECMA 2024, at IFEMA Madrid, with 13 asociados

Universal accessibility

Nuestra presidenta subrayó la importancia de la accesibilidad universal en el diseño de espacios públicos. Destacó la importancia de que nuestros espacios de ocio sean inclusivos y accesibles para todos. In this context, AFAMOUR promueve la eliminación de barreras arquitectónicas y sensoriales desde la etapa de diseño. Esto incluye la implementación de superficies suaves y antideslizantes, la incorporación de juegos adaptados y la instalación de señalización clara y comprensible.

Inclusión y equidad

La presidenta de AFAMOUR también enfatizó que la inclusión y la equidad van más allá de la accesibilidad física. AFAMOUR aboga por la creación de espacios que sean inclusivos desde una perspectiva social y emocional. Los parques y áreas recreativas deben fomentar la interacción social entre personas de todas las edades y capacidades, promoviendo la igualdad de oportunidades.

Compromiso con los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (.ODS)

Jiménez Azpilicueta destacó que el futuro de las áreas recreativas debe estar alineado con los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (.ODS), específicamente el Objetivo 11, que aboga por ciudades y comunidades sostenibles. Este objetivo insta a aumentar la urbanización inclusiva y sostenible, proporcionando acceso universal a zonas verdes y espacios públicos seguros y accesibles para todos, especialmente para niños, personas mayores y personas con discapacidad.

Integración de la Naturaleza en el Entorno Urbano

La presidenta de AFAMOUR concluyó su intervención subrayando la importancia de integrar la naturaleza en el entorno urbano. Los espacios verdes no solo mejoran la calidad del aire y reducen el estrés, sino que también ofrecen oportunidades para la actividad física y el esparcimiento, esenciales para el bienestar físico y mental de las comunidades.

AFAMOUR present at the inauguration of TECMA 2024

TECMA begins 2024

18 Jun 2024 present, Afamour

In this new edition, TECMA 2024 will have the participation of 13 empresas asociadas de la Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Mobiliario Urbano y Parques infantiles que compartirán sus novedades en la creación de parques infantiles, training areas and street furniture.

En esta edición que se celebra del 18 to the 20 June at IFEMA Madrid, también tendrá lugar la séptima edición del Foro de las Ciudades de Madrid, donde intervendrá la presidenta de AFAMOUR, Miren Jiménez Azpilicueta, para subrayar la importancia de convertir las ciudades en espacios aptos para la salud y el bienestar humano, haciendo un especial hincapié en accesibilidad, Inclusion & Equity.

El objetivo principal de esta feria es conectar a ciudades que ya se encuentran en ese proceso de crear espacios más acogedores, sostenibles y participativos, con organizaciones como AFAMOUR y nuestros asociados, que estamos comprometidos con hacerlo posible.

AFAMOUR present at the opening of the TECMA fair 2024

Showroom

Associated companies from the street furniture and playground sector will bring the AFAMOUR showroom to life. In this space, the partners and professionals of these companies will share the most innovative and efficient products for the creation of playgrounds and training areas. All this, with the aim of being an active part of the transformation of cities that aspire to be more sustainable, Healthy, Accessible, inclusive and participatory. Los asociados de AFAMOUR que podremos encontrar en este espacio serán:

  1. Agapito Industries
  2. Aes XXI
  3. Avant Serveis i Elements Urbans
  4. Benito
  5. Urban Environment
  6. Huck Spain
  7. Isaba
  8. Kompan Spain
  9. Myparque
  10. Mobipark
  11. Neusus
  12. Saludes Parques Infantiles y Mobiliario Urbano
  13. Sanpe Engineering

13 miembros de AFAMOUR estarán presentes en TECMA 2024

Foro de las Ciudades

Este encuentro contará con la participación de expertos de primer nivel en la gestión de las ciudades para analizar las transformaciones urbanas para una nueva organización social. The President of AFAMOUR, Miren Jiménez Azpilicueta, intervendrá en este foro en el que se hablará sobre la importancia de convertir las ciudades en espacios aptos para la salud y el bienestar humano, haciendo un especial hincapié en accesibilidad, Inclusion & Equity.

 

AFAMOUR monitors that rubber floors comply with European Regulations.

The Spanish Association of manufacturers of street furniture and playgrounds (AFAMOUR) vigila que los suelos de caucho cumplan la Normativa Europea.

The Spanish Association of manufacturers of street furniture and playgrounds (AFAMOUR) reivindica el cumplimiento de la normativa europea REACH ( Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals.)

Rubber is a widely used material, Not only on playground floors, but also in numerous areas of our daily lives, as homes, hospitals, cars and even on the nipples of baby bottles. The use of rubber in playgrounds responds to its safety and durability properties, essential to ensure an optimal environment for children. Obviously, The quality of these materials is varied and their origin must be monitored by the contracting bodies of municipalities, schools and construction companies or from any institution, on which your purchase depends, to verify that the manufacturer is not offering a product on the European Chemicals Agency's "prohibited" list (TAKE, European Chemical Agency).

Recently, A piece of news has circulated that has generated concern among users and those responsible for hiring playgrounds, whether the soils are harmless or whether there are sufficiently toxic elements, so that some may be inappropriate. From AFAMOUR, the Spanish Association of manufacturers of street furniture and playgrounds, Including Manufacturers, Installers, Distributors & Certifiers, We want to address this issue, And that's why we've reached out to those responsible for the study, to provide clear and accurate information about the safety of our products. This news has been prepared through an incipient study by CSIC, directed by María Teresa Moreno Pérez, which is in the preliminary phase, and whose estimated duration is three years, for which soil samples have been obtained from playgrounds in Barcelona. We spoke to one of the technicians in the study, Ethel Eljarrat, Offering our collaboration, How could it be otherwise, as we are united by concerns about health and safety, without neglecting sustainability and accessibility.

"It is essential to move towards sustainable recycling methods within the concept of circular economy, including advanced devulcanization techniques that allow the recovery of the original rubber compounds. This would reduce the exploitation of natural resources and improve the environmental management of these materials."

CSIC study: "RECYCLED RUBBER AND RECREATIONAL SURFACES: THE CHEMISTRY OF VULCANIZED MICROPLASTICS USED IN PLAYGROUNDS"

AFAMOUR muestra su compromiso con la seguridad del caucho de los suelos de los parques infantiles

Regulatory & Compliance: Quality Assurance

AFAMOUR's Partner Manufacturers, they strictly comply with the European REACH regulation, which regulates the use of chemical substances in any type of product, such as rubber granules, thus ensuring the protection of children. In addition, the products of our associates also comply with UNE-EN regulations 1176 and 1177, that regulate equipment and playing surfaces, ensuring its safety and functionality.

"Importantly, the pigments we use are mostly organic, and comply with European regulations, thus avoiding any risk of toxic color migration."

Rubber Flooring Working Group. AFAMOUR

Current Regulations and Future Restrictions

The moment we are living in is, No doubt, Very particular, since the use of rubber, Now in the spotlight, It has its origin mainly in the intention to make the areas of leisure, Children, & Sports, More Accessible; And in many cases, Sustainable and Circular Economy Friendly, as recycled materials from other industries are used.

From September 2031, A restriction will be imposed on the use of rubber with grain sizes below 5 mm in applications where the material is disintegrated (No ligation). However, This restriction does not apply to pavements where elastomers are bonded with polyurethane, as is the case with rubber flooring used in playgrounds.

"It is important that the resins used for playgrounds are MDI (Methylenediphenyldiisocyanate), since the application of the TIs (Toluene diisocyanate) it is to some extent limited, due to its acute toxicity. "

Manuel Ángel Lorca, Vulgalia

Commitment to Safety

For AFAMOUR, Childcare is a priority and that is why we reaffirm our commitment to the safety and quality of our products. All rubber flooring installed by our partners must comply with REACH and other relevant European regulations. The provenance and quality of materials must be continuously checked, by the companies themselves, and required by the institutions, to ensure that the highest standards of safety are maintained.

“ECHA concludes that the […] Established for rubber granules and mulches in loose form can be considered suitable for children in use in playgrounds.”

ECHA Study: “Investigation of the concentration limit of eight PAHs in rubber granules and loose mulches used in playgrounds and other household applications.”

For the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Urban Furniture and Children's Playgrounds, Addressing the safety of rubber in playground floors is a priority, showing their commitment to this

AFAMOUR presente en PARJAP 2024

Afamour present with its associates at PARJAP 2024

14 May 2024 present

The AEPJP and the City Council of Pamplona organized the 50 PARJAP Pamplona Congress 2024, under the title 'Nature-Based Solutions: una apuesta de futuro’, en el que AFAMOUR estuvo presente con algunos de sus asociados.

¿Qué es el PARJAP?

El PARJAP es el principal evento nacional de la jardinería pública, en el se dan encuentro empresas de jardinería, personal técnico de la administración pública, responsables de empresas de mantenimiento y conservación, consultoras, y demás personas interesadas. A lo largo de tres jornadas se encontraron conocimientos y buenas prácticas sobre las llamadas SBN (Soluciones Basadas en la Naturaleza), I mean, en el estudio de cómo emplear los enfoques, acciones o procesos que utilizan los principios de la naturaleza para resolver problemas relacionados con la gestión territorial y urbana como la adaptación al cambio climático, la gestión de los recursos, la seguridad alimentaria o la calidad del aire y el entorno.

50 PARJAP congress, fotografía de la presidenta de Afamour y uno de sus socios, escofet

Asociados de AFAMOUR presentes en el PARJAP

Durante todo el congreso, 27 empresas vinculadas al ámbito de la jardinería y la sostenibilidad expusieron en sus stands el uso de las Soluciones Basadas en la Naturaleza como apuesta de futuro para conseguir ciudades más ecológicas y habitables. Entre estos 27 stands, pudimos encontrar 3 de asociados de AFAMOUR: Isaba, Ases XXI y Escofet.

Equipo de Ases XXI en el 50 PARJAP Congress 2024

Además de ellos, diversos asociados de Afamour llegaron hasta Pamplona para visitar este 50 PARJAP Congress, entre los que encontramos:

  • Kompan
  • Sanpe Engineering
  • Agapito Industries
  • Conalsa
  • Maderplay
  • Hags

Kompan España presente en Parjap 2024 en Pamplona

AFAMOUR will be present at the new edition of TECMA 2024

Afamour, present at the TECMA fair 2024 Madrid

8 Mar 2024 present

Afamour, present at the TECMA fair 2024 Madrid

The Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Urban Furniture and Children's Playgrounds will share its news and innovation in the sector during the International Urban Planning and Environment Fair, held at IFEMA, Madrid, of the 18 to the 20 June, June, 2024.

At the epicentre of initiatives leading urban transformation in waste management, Environment and urban planning, TECMA is positioned as a meeting place for innovative technologies and business collaboration at an international level. The IFEMA exhibition centre will be the meeting point where experts will converge, Companies and leaders committed to building a more sustainable future.

 

Showroom

Associated companies from the street furniture and playground sector will bring the AFAMOUR showroom to life. In this space, the partners and professionals of these companies will share the most innovative and efficient products for the creation of playgrounds and training areas. All this, with the aim of being an active part of the transformation of cities that aspire to be more sustainable, Healthy, Accessible, inclusive and participatory.

 

feria afamour miren jiménez azpilicueta

 

Program

Throughout the three days of the fair, different activities will be carried out, including:

  • Cities Forum: Meeting with the participation of top-level experts in city management to analyze urban transformations for a new social organization.
  • Second edition of the "Tree Award": Award dedicated to good design and management practices in the renaturalization of urban environments.
  • XIX Silver Broom Contest, Gold & Platinum 2024: A competition that gives value to those actions carried out to improve our environment and that are committed to sustainability.
  • TECMA Zero Waste: initiative that seeks to give visibility to the most innovative technology of machinery and vehicles for cleaning and collection of eco-efficient MSW.
  • 21º National Congress on Recovery and Recycling: organized by the Spanish Recovery Federation, and in which more than 500 Professional, It seeks to generate sustainable solutions that allow us to build a better future, minimizing environmental impact and promoting the efficient use of resources.

Green City

AEPJP and AFAMOUR Technical Conference

Afamour will participate in the first Technical Conference on the equipment of public spaces

19 Jan 2024 present

AFAMOUR WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE FIRST TECHNICAL CONFERENCE ON THE EQUIPMENT OF PUBLIC SPACES: Accessibility, Inclusion & Equity, Future and Present of Recreational Areas.

 

The AEPJPJ and AFAMOUR associations, (Spanish Association of Public Parks and Gardens, and Association of Street Furniture and Playground Manufacturers) in collaboration with the Tres Cantos City Council and PreZero, Environmental Solutions Company, are pleased to announce the celebration of a one-of-a-kind Technical Conference, which will address the challenges and opportunities in equipping public spaces with a special focus on Accessibility, Inclusion & Equity. The event will take place on Wednesday 7 February 2024, in the morning of 9:00 to 14:00, at the Adolfo Suárez Municipal Cultural Center Theater, Pl. of the City Council 2, Three Songs, Madrid.

The main objective of the Technical Conference is to explore the present and future of recreational areas from the perspective of universal accessibility, inclusion and equity. Bringing together leading practitioners and subject matter experts, The conference will offer a comprehensive and detailed overview of current challenges and innovative solutions.

 

AEPJP and AFAMOUR Technical Conference

 

Programme of the day

During the Journey, There will be several presentations, addressing highly topical issues such as universal accessibility in parks, Gardens and green areas; Inclusion and equity in children's areas, Training & Water Games; The circular economy in the field of street furniture; or the duties and obligations of local public administrations for the fulfilment of universal accessibility. At last, The Conference will conclude with a round table in which, Experts in the field of accessibility, together with representatives of associations and municipal officials, will discuss the realities and difficulties of the sector to guarantee the overall use and enjoyment of municipal parks, from the perspective of accessibility and sustainability.

DOWNLOAD PROGRAM HERE

 

AEPJP and AFAMOUR Technical Conference

 

Call

This conference is open to professionals in the sector; Project managers for recreational and sports areas in public entities; Technical managers of urban planning and architects, Engineering and construction technicians who manage projects and installations in public spaces; political and elected officials involved in park areas, Sport & Street Furniture; Heads of associations and/or groups of people with accessibility and inclusion requirements; Designing and producing companies of game elements, Training and street furniture for public use; and to all interested audiences.

Registration for the event, which is free and open to the public if previously carried out, on the AEPJP website: Registration for the public spaces 2024 | Aepjp
The AFAMOUR Accessibility Guide, It is available in: https://www.afamour.com/guia-completa-accesibilidad-afamour/

 

AEPJP and AFAMOUR Technical Conference

Accessibility of the environment

Accessibility of the environment: Delimitation, entrance, Signage and interior circulation.

18 Dec 2023 present

Creating accessible leisure spaces is a crucial step towards an inclusive society. In this context, the Order TMA/851/2021 establishes specific guidelines to ensure accessibility in play and training areas. At this point, From AFAMOUR we have some key recommendations to create areas that are comfortable, safe and accessible to all, And to this end, we must point out the importance of several elements, As:

  • The delimitation of the playing or training area
  • Entrance/Access
  • Signage
  • Indoor Circulation.

1. Delimitation of Areas: A Safe and Targeted Approach

The delimitation of the play area is essential for the safety and orientation of users. From Afamour we suggest Use hedges or fences, avoiding encroaching on accessible pedestrian itineraries. This measure Increases security, especially for children who may have difficulty assessing hazards and for those with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities who need defined boundaries.

Fence

2. Accessible Tickets: Open Doors to Inclusion

Entries must be accessible and visibly recognizable. At Afamour we offer specific recommendations for fenced areas, ensuring proper openings and options that meet safety standards, such as doors without invading public spaces and safe opening mechanisms:

  • Unfenced area: Complying with Accessible Pedestrian Itineraries (IPA): When the area lacks fences, access must comply with the requirements of Accessible Pedestrian Routes (IPA). This ensures that the path to the playground or training area is accessible to everyone, following the established standards.
  • Fenced area: AFAMOUR Recommendations for Safe Entry: In the case of a fenced area, It is essential to carefully consider the design of the entrance to maintain security without compromising accessibility. AFAMOUR presents specific recommendations for different types of tickets:

    Input delimitation

    • No Door: A minimum aperture of 0,90 m for fenced areas without gates.
    • With Burladero: If the fence has a burladero, Suggested:
      – Make sure it is wider than the hole in the fence to be effective.
      – The gap in the fence must be at least wide 0,9 m.Behind the access and on the sides of the burladero there is a space free of obstacles to allow turning in circles of at least Ø1.50 m.
    • With Door: For fences with gates, AFAMOUR recommends:
      – Prevent leaf sweeping from invading public road traffic spaces.
      – If they are double doors, both must be practicable, and at least one must allow a clear width of passage ≥0.9 m.
      – On both sides of the doors, there must be a horizontal clearance of at least Ø1.50 m for the sweep of the leaves.
      – The opening/closing mechanisms must be at a height between 0,80 – 1,20 m.
      – A snap-on or lever opening system is recommended, No danger of snagging, that allows one-handed opening and manoeuvring.

3. Clear and Universal Signage: Guiding Diversity

At Afamour we highlight the importance of signage at the entrance to leisure areas. The information must be Include rules of use, Location of Accessible Items, Available Activities & Accessible Routes. It is proposed that the Using Illustrated Posters with Universal Design, Braille, High-relief, pictograms or QR codes to ensure inclusive communication.

Playground signage

 

4. Indoor Circulation: Ensuring Autonomous Mobility

Inside the playing area, Circulation must be autonomous, Comfortable and safe for everyone. From Afamour we highlight the importance of accessible circulation pavements, Proper location and distances between elements, sufficient lighting and cushioning flooring that complies with specific regulations for playground equipment and training equipment.

  • IPA Park Interior and Circulation Pavements:
    The characteristics of ramps are detailed, Grids and pavements to ensure accessibility.

  • Location and Distances Between Elements:
    A design that avoids the creation of segregated areas and promotes inclusivity is suggested.

  • Proper Lighting:
    The need for appropriate lighting levels during usage hours is highlighted.

  • Cushioning Pavement:
    European regulations and material options are mentioned to meet safety and accessibility standards.

Accessible Park

Creating inclusive spaces is not only a legal requirement, but also a Commitment to Diversity and Equality. By following these recommendations, We can build leisure areas that not only comply with regulations, they also embrace the diversity of their users, ensuring that everyone can fully enjoy these areas.

European Commission's ban on microplastics

In playgrounds and sports areas... Will the European Commission's bans on microplastics affect?

28 Nov 2023 present

The European Commission's ban on the manufacture and marketing of products considered to be microplastics, does not affect playground safety flooring or tiles made from recycled rubber granules, since the rubber particles are agglomerated with resins.

The past 25 In September, the Official Journal of the European Union published the EU Regulation 2023/2055 of the Commission, where a series of prohibitions on the manufacture and marketing of products considered to be microplastics. This particularly applies to artificial turf sports fields with rubber substrate.

 

Football pitch

 

What are considered microplastics??

The Microplastics They are materials composed of tiny plastic particles, of which, at least one 1%, are less than a diameter of less than 5 Mm.

Pavements and tiles used in parks and sports areas, They use recycled rubber agglomerated with resins, which prevents rubber particles from being considered loose microplastics and, therefore, do not fall into the category of products affected by the ban. Agglomeration with resins helps hold rubber particles together, contributing to the safety and durability of these products, while conforming to established regulations.

 

The main affected: Sports Fields

The European Union restricts in the period of eight years, Rubber filling of sports fields, Not artificial grass. The new EU Regulation 2023/2055 of the Commission bans the manufacture and marketing of microplastics, such as rubber used as a substrate in artificial turf pitches, From the 17 October 2031. The most commonly used polymeric infill in artificial turf pitches is rubber granulate, that comes from end-of-life tyres, and is commonly referred to as SBR.

It is important to clarify that playgrounds and sports areas are not affected by this restriction, since each children's area must have and comply with the UNE-EN Regulations 1176 – 1177 which establishes, and among other things,, than the safety height of playground equipment created by each manufacturer, It must be taken into account when installing the safety flooring, with the fall height of it. This means, that there should be at least a rubber floor height of 3 cm and onwards, The component is mixed with the resin that allows the granulometry to be compacted in its on-site installation and the wear process to be slower.

By the installation process of both recycled rubber tiles, such as the installation of continuous rubber flooring, There is no restriction on the continuation of each work in outdoor areas.

 

Football pitch

Accessibility chain

Accessibility Chain: Inclusive Spaces for All

9 Oct 2023 present

The Accessibility Chain

In Afamour, We recognize the importance of Accessibility at all stages of the experience in children's play areas, training or water games. The Accessibility Chain is crucial to ensure that each individual, no matter your skills, can fully enjoy these spaces. From decision-making to rest and recovery, Every Step Matters.

1. Decision-making

For those facing mobility challenges, Leaving home is not simply a matter of choice, but careful planning. Therefore, It's important Provide comprehensive information on the accessibility of areas, Enabling individuals and families to make informed decisions for a hassle-free experience.

2. How to get to the leisure area?

Accessibility is built into every step of the journey. From perfectly designed routes to unobstructed connections with reserved parking and public transportation, It's essential Ensure that getting to leisure areas is as easy as enjoying them.

3. How to access and circulate inside?

Once inside, Accessible Design Comes to Life. Every entrance should be designed to be synonymous with openness and every area would have to be barrier-free. Colour contrasts and carefully selected textures make it easy to find your way around, while obstacle-free areas ensure everyone can explore in comfort.

4. How to play/train?

Recognize the Diversity in play and training needs is key. Elements must be designed that meet the criteria of universal accessibility and safety standards, ensuring that every child and adult has the opportunity to participate fully, regardless of their capabilities.

5. How to rest and recover?

Inclusive spaces are not limited to activities; They are also places to rest and enjoy. In Afamour, We think it's important Create Accessible Rest Areas, Equipped with climate resources for continuous comfort. Each bank, Trash and fountain should be carefully selected to ensure that everyone can enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Universal Design Afamour

Principles and objectives of universal design

19 Sep 2023 present

In the constant search to improve the quality of life of communities and promote inclusion, the Spanish Association of manufacturers of street furniture and playgrounds (Afamour) recognises the importance of applying the principles of Universal Design in products and projects. Beyond functionality and aesthetics, Universal Design stands as a design philosophy that seeks to create accessible environments, safe and welcoming for all people, no matter your abilities, Skills or Needs.

Designing for Equal Use

One of the pillars of Universal Design is equality of use. This implies that the game elements, Training and street furniture should be easy to use for all people, without excluding any. The goal is to provide similar or equivalent media for all users, avoiding stigmatization or exclusion of any group.

Flexibility as the Key to Design

Flexibility is another fundamental principle of Universal Design. Elements of street furniture and playgrounds should be adapted to a wide range of individual preferences and abilities. This includes considering right-handed and left-handed alternatives, as well as for people of different sizes, Ages and Mobility Levels.

Simplifying the Experience

Simple and functional use is essential in Universal Design. Products should be simple to understand, regardless of experience, knowledge, User's language or concentration level. Unnecessary complexity must be eliminated, and instructions should be intuitive and clear.

Information Understandable to All

Effective communication is key. Elements of street furniture must provide information in an understandable way, even for people with sensory disturbances. This involves the use of different forms of information, as graphics, Verbal Feedback and Tactile Cues, in addition to ensuring an adequate contrast between the information and its environment.

Prioritizing Safety

Safety is a fundamental concern in Universal Design. Hazards and adverse consequences of accidental or unintentional actions should be minimized. The arrangement of the elements should minimize the chances of risks and errors, Protecting all users.

Minimizing Physical Effort

Universal Design seeks to ensure that products can be used efficiently and comfortably, with minimal physical effort. This means that users can maintain a neutral body position while using the item and that repetitive actions and physical exertion are minimized.

Space & Size for All

Spaces and size are fundamental to Universal Design. Elements must have adequate spaces for approximation, scope, Handling & Use, no matter the size, User's posture or mobility. In addition, They should offer a clear line of sight and reach for both standing and seated people.

Goals that Enhance Inclusion

Afamour has also committed to eight goals that complement the principles of Universal Design:

  1. Fit body: Products should accommodate a wide range of body sizes and abilities.

  2. Comfort: Desirable limits of the body's functionality and perception should be considered.

  3. Conscience: The information for use should be easily perceived.

  4. Comprehension: The methods and ways of operation and use must be intuitive and clear, minimizing the chances of error.

  5. Welfare: Products should contribute to improving health and preventing disease and injury.

  6. Social inclusion: All groups should be treated with dignity and respect.

  7. Customization: Opportunities for choice and individual preferences should be incorporated.

  8. Cultural Property: Products must respect and reinforce the cultural values and social and environmental context of any design project.

Afamour's commitment to Universal Design demonstrates its focus on creating public spaces and products that are not only functional and aesthetically pleasing, but also accessible and inclusive for all people. By applying these principles and objectives, contributes to the construction of more egalitarian and healthy environments, promoting social participation and the well-being of the community as a whole.

1 2 3 6

Search

+