Quality in design: Designs of tactile guide paths

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Although there have been more recent and hightech inventions, at present, tactile guide paths (TGP) are still the most common urban constructions and facilities for helping visually impaired people to access places. TGP has been developed over more than 50 years, and the standards of TGP in different countries and regions are claimed to be quite mature. However, there have always been complaints about the unsatisfactory quality of TGP. From 2005 to 2009, a comprehensive study on the quality of TGP was carried out. In addition to the background study of barrier-free standards and designs for TGP in different countries/cities, an in-depth case study was carried out related to policy, implementation and management of TGP in Hong Kong. This paper presents the specific research methods of the study, and then presents and discusses the findings of the case study. This paper advocates a plain-line-point approach as a methodology to achieve a high quality of TGP design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 15th ISSAT International Conference on Reliability and Quality in Design
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event15th ISSAT International Conference on Reliability and Quality in Design - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 6 Aug 20098 Aug 2009


Conference15th ISSAT International Conference on Reliability and Quality in Design
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • Participatory research
  • Public design
  • Quality assurance
  • Tactile guide path
  • Universal design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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