Role of mobile application for participation of youths in urban development in context of Universal Design
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Urbanization and increase in population of urban areas due to migration is a global trend. Migration into the urban areas from rural areas is the main reason behind it. To make the urban society cope up with this increase in number of populations, sustainable urban plans and policies are required. Also, to make urban development sustainable, fulfill the needs of the people living in urban areas, development should be carried out in collaboration with the public and the governing bodies. This paper focuses on the youth participation using the mobile application which is developed following on the principles of Universal Design. For making urban development more effective with a fact that youths are the future of our society, and combination of the participation process with fusion of technology is performed. Applying qualitative methodology by interviewing the participants and user testing mobile app developed for this research, the results are analyzed. The results shows that mobile apps can act as a bridge between youth participation and urban development, however existing tools are not sufficient. The results also shows that involvement of youths via mobile apps is high possibility in a community level. The major entities for it are considering privacy of the users since it involves a community and public as well, features that motivate the youths; following the modern trend and features that are easily adaptable. Lastly, the simplicity of the tool; considering the universal design concept to target larger audience as well as to make the features universally designed as well. To achieve this, this research concludes that the best approach will be taking feedbacks from youths and addressing it, to bind the youths and the concerned authorities together and repeating the steps considering Universal Design during the process.
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