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How to design unequally

ProPublica Original article by Lena Groeger Discrimination by Design Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful Sub-titled “the many way design decisions treat people unequally,” this article highlights some examples in social media and environmental design in America. The article picks out

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Living with dementia and accessing green spaces

Natural England: P. Clark; N. Mapes and S. Preston. Greening dementia Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful This is a literature review of the benefits and barriers facing individuals living with dementia in accessing the natural environment and local greenspace. It also

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Posted in Disability, Landscaping

Sydney’s tactile sign

City of Sydney from article in GovNews Tactile street signs for City of Sydney Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful The City of Sydney have introduced tactile signs to lamp columns and pedestrian crossing points at street corners which use both

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Kerb, what kerb?

Accessibility Research Group, University College London. Effective Kerb Heights for Blind and Partially Sighted People Publication date: 2009 Ranking: essential Commissioned by The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Guide Dogs), this research report looks at the effect of removing kerb heights in

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Shared space – DPTAC summary

Disabled Person’s Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) DPTAC position on shared space Publication date: June 2018 Ranking: essential This page on the Government’s website provides a summary of key reports and sets out DPTAC’s position. It provides some general observations and

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Homes of people with sight loss

Thomas Pocklington Trust Daylighting and windows in homes of people with sight loss Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful In their words: “This report presents findings from a …review of research on daylighting and windows in the homes of people with sight loss,

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How good is older people’s housing?

University of Sheffield, with PSSRU, University of Kent. EVOLVE Tool – Evaluation of Older People’s Living Environments Publication date: 2011 Ranking: useful In their words: “Evolve is a tool for evaluating the design of housing for older people. It is

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Scared spaces

Guide Dogs  – Rachel Kitchen Scared Spaces Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful This report of a survey into shared space in the UK looked at the experiences of all road users comparing their views on shared space versus traditional streets.

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Building for Everyone

National Disability Authority Building for Everyone – a universal design approach Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful In their words: “… provides comprehensive best practice guidance on how to design, build and manage buildings and spaces so that they can be readily

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Case study 8: DWELL Co-design process

DWELL  – designing for well-being in environments for later life DWELL Co-design process Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential This part of the DWELL project website summarises the participatory co-design research methods with local residents from neighbourhoods in Sheffield over the

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Fire safety in schools

Department for Education, (DfE) Building Bulletin 100: Design for fire safety in schools Publication date: 2014 Ranking: essential In their words: “This guide provides fire safety design guidance for schools in England and Wales. The guidance applies to nursery schools, primary and

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It’s a co-housing life!

Melissa Fernandez (Lancaster University), Kath Scanlon (London School of Economics) and Karen West (Aston University) for Housing LIN Viewpoint 89 Well-being and age in co-housing life: Thinking with and beyond design Publication date: January 2018 Ranking: useful In their words:

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Housing disabled people

Equality and Human Rights Commission Housing disabled people – Britain’s hidden crisis Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential   In their words: “In December 2016, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (‘the Commission’) launched a formal inquiry on housing for disabled people.

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Accessible housing in North Somerset

North Somerset Council Accessible and adaptable housing in North Somerset. Publication date: April 2018 Ranking: essential North Somerset Council adopted a planning policy in 2016 requiring accessible and adaptable housing to be provided as a part of all new housing

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Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence 1

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People  Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence (HAPPI 4) Report In their words the report: “The Inquiry report makes a number of ‘rural proofing’ recommendations

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Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence 2

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People  Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence (HAPPI 4) InfoGraphic This infographic illustrates the key findings from the report. In their words the report: “The

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Designing with downsizers

University of Sheffield. DWELL –  Designing for well-being in environments for later life. Authors: Adam Park, Friederike Ziegler and Sarah Wigglesworth. Designing with downsizers Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful In their words: “Downsizing – rather like much else to do

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The Awkward interview – Alex Brooker

BBC Television Publication date: 4th August 2015 Ranking: useful The “End the Awkward” campaign looks at the way able people interact with disabled people and the issues that a lack of awareness creates.   To obtain a copy in an

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DIY access guide to music venues

Attitude is Everything Attitude is Everything’s DIY access guide Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful A guide for bands, artists and promoters on how to gigs and tours more accessible for Deaf and disabled people. The guide includes a quick checklist

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Designing for well-being in later life

DWELL research project, University of Sheffield DWELL (Designing for Well-being in Environments for Later Life) project Publication date: Ranking: useful DWELL was a multi-disciplinary design research project at the University of Sheffield. EPSRC-funded , the three year project investigated how the design

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Dementia villages

The Guardian Publication date: March 2018. Ranking: useful Shops, cafes and round the clock care: life in a “dementia village” This project aims to construct a self contained community for people living with dementia in Kent. Modelled on a concept

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Do housing adaptations improve later life?

Centre for Ageing Better, University of the West of England, Bristol and Building Research Establishment Publication date: November 2017 Ranking: useful The role of home adaptations in improving later life In their words: “The review aims to provide evidence to make

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Housing our ageing population

Local Government Association (LGA) Housing our ageing population – learning from councils meeting the housing need of our aging population Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful The report contains a number of case studies which highlight four key themes: Having a

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Healthy placemaking

Design Council and Social Change UK Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Healthy Placemaking In their words: “(The)  Healthy Placemaking report explores the attitudes and behaviours of built environment practitioners towards healthy placemaking. The report makes a valuable contribution to the evidence base,

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Planning and healthy developments

Michael Chang, Town and Country Planning Association Securing constructive collaboration and consensus for planning healthy developments Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful The report describes ten workshops comprising local authority planning and public health teams, housing developers and stakeholders. The built environment

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Are we nearly there yet?

Sustrans Are we nearly there yet? Exploring gender and active travel Publication date: February, 2018 Ranking: useful The paper’s authors highlight how in their words “designing our cities to be more inclusive has stalled”. The paper describes how despite some progress, women continue

Posted in Gender

Quick links – alternative formats

North Somerset Council Publication date: 2012 – 2017 Ranking: useful A useful summary of guidance on a variety of format and language issues to make information accessible for everyone. To obtain a copy in an alternative language or format please

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NHS Estates design guidance

NHS NHS Estates design guidance Publication date: 2016 Ranking: essential Health building notes give best practice guidance on the design and planning of new healthcare buildings and on the adaptation or extension of existing facilities. They provide information to support

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Building better care homes

Care Inspectorate Building better care homes for adults – Design, planning and construction considerations for new or converted care homes for adults Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential – Scotland In their words: “This guidance has been completely revised in light

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Making cities better for women?

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)   Making cities better for women Publication date: 8th March 2018 Ranking: useful Originally produced for International Women’s Day, this blog  highlights work by a number of organisations and in particular: the work in Vienna

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Posted in Gender, Planning, Urban Design

Creating better streets

Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) Creating better streets: Inclusive and accessible places Reviewing shared space Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful A review of the concept of shared space. It addresses the statutory requirements on local authorities, Reviews existing schemes

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Government response: report of House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. HMSO. Government Response to the Report of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee Building for Equality: Disability and the Built Environment Publication date: March 2018 Ranking: useful This is the Government’s response to the inquiry by the Committee.

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Intergenerational guide and toolkit

Belfast Strategic Partnership Intergenerational guide and toolkit – old and young getting along together Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful Provides guidance on intergenerational good practice and project templates to promote age cohesive communities. Download a copy of the toolkit or

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Housing for older people

House of Commons, Communities and Local Government Committee Housing for older people Second Report of session 2017-19 Publication date: February 2018 Ranking: essential The report highlights the complexity in dealing with housing for a diverse group who are often described as

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Designing healthcare facilities?

Department of Health Health Building Note 00-01 General design guidance for healthcare buildings Publication date: 2014 Ranking: essential In their words: “This Health Building Note (HBN) gives general design guidance for healthcare buildings. It provides an overall picture of the design issues

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A Guide Dog’s LIfe

BBC Scotland Publication date: February 2018 Ranking: essential Crossing the road: a Guide Dog’s life Video highlights the lack of understanding by many drivers of the needs of visually impaired people. This video has a spoken commentary and English subtitles. To

Posted in Disability, Highways, Urban Design

Cities Aren’t Designed For Women

Kate Abbey-Lambertz, Huffington Post. Cities Aren’t Designed For Women. Here’s Why They Should Be. Publication date: April 2016 Ranking: useful The article highlights the grassroots networking that is going on to improve the collective experience of women in cities. The

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How adaptations can improve later life

Centre for Aging Better, University of the West of England and Building Research Establishment. The role of adaptations in improving later life. Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful In their words: “Very little attractive, affordable housing has been built in the right

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Accessibility and adaptability of housing

Housing LIN  Accessibility and adaptability Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful Here are resources on housing accessibility and adaptability of housing which are available from the Housing Learning Improvement Network (Housing LIN). Information is available on accessible and adaptable, new and

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Standards make the world accessible for all

British Standards Institute BSi documentary – Building accessibility Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential Why are accessibility standards important? How do standards help designers? How can we make the World Wide Web wider? With a new documentary on accessibility, BSI Group

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Case study 7: Deaf Cafe

North Somerset Council Choosing a place to meet Publication date: December 2017 Ranking: useful Conversations about “work” happen everywhere all day, all the time which makes this case study about meeting up relevant to us all. Every month a group

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More designing cities for women 3

Lucy Turnbull, TEDx MacQuarrie University Designing cities for women Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful The video describes how women use cities differently and that designing for their needs is actually in everyone’s interests. A live English transcript is available alongside

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HAPPI in practice: designing for independent living

Tim Bell, Bell Phillips Architects, for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (HLIN) Designing for an Autonomous Community – Bruyn’s Court, Publication: 2018 Ranking: useful Using the HAPPI design principles this case study in South Ockendon, Essex describes an inclusive design that

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Review of accessible hotel stock in London

Grant Thorton, Colin Buchanan, David Bonnett Associates and Inclusion London for Design for London (DfL)/London Development Agency (LDA) and Greater London Authority (GLA). Accessible Hotels in London Publication date: March 2010 Ranking: useful This report was commissioned to provide evidence to inform a new London

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Posted in Accommodation, Disability, Planning

Mobility. Mood. Place.

Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP) is a multidisciplinary collaboration between: The University of Edinburgh Heriot-Watt University King’s College London Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York Publication date: June 2017 Ranking: useful Mobility.Mood.Place. The Mobility, Mood and Place research project has been

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Working for age friendly communities

Centre for Aging Publication date: various Ranking: useful Age friendly community In their own words: “In age-friendly communities, people of all ages actively participate, it is easy for people to stay connected, active and healthy in later life, and appropriate

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A-Z of Co-design

Mobility, Mood Place Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP) is a multidisciplinary collaboration between: The University of Edinburgh Heriot-Watt University King’s College London Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York A-Z of Co-design Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful The short document

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Designing with people

Helen Hamlyn Trust Designing with people Publication date: Ranking: essential In their words: “This web-based resource has been created by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art to share ways to design with people. Get

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Posted in Auditing, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Project Management

Design for dementia

Bill Halsall, Halsall Lloyd Partnership and Dr. Rob MacDonald, Liverpool Moores University. Design for Dementia, Volume 1 – A Guide Design for Dementia, Volume 2 – Research Projects Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful In their words: ‘Design for Dementia’ is a

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