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Cities for Children

Mimi Kirk, CityLab; Arup and Guardian News & Media Limited How to Design Cities for Children Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful The CityLab article is based on a report by Arup’s entitled “Cities Alive: Designing for urban childhoods” In their words,

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Posted in Health, Planning, Urban Design

Highways pedestrian crossings assessment guidance

Department of Transport Local Transport Note 1/95 The Assessment of Pedestrian Crossings Published: 1995 Ranking: essential This note describes the assessment method to be used when considering the provision and type of ‘stand-alone’ at-grade pedestrian crossings. Download a copy here

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Designing Accessible Student Accommodation

Jeremy Mears, Faithful and Gould Designing Accessible Student Accommodation Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This blog describes the experience of designing student accommodation for the University of Exeter. Here’s a couple of extracts from his comments. “Our recent experience on

Posted in Consultation, Design Standards (Buildings), Planning, Project Management

Culture Club

Victoria Pinoncely and Mario Washington-Ihieme. A Centre for London publication. Culture Club: Social Mobility in The Creative and Cultural industries   Publication date: February 2019 Ranking: useful The design issues in this story may not be immediately obvious except to

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Design and community engagement: case study

Centre for London Capital Homes: Trust, design and community engagement Publication date: July 2019 Ranking: useful Though this report stems from work relating to London, it is of universal appeal in that it describes evidence of how good engagement with

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Social interactions in urban places

Caroline Holland, Andrew Clark, Jeanne Katz and Sheila Peace. Joseph Rowntree Foundation Social interactions in urban places Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful In their words. “This research focuses on the use of different public (and pseudo-public) spaces in urban areas.

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The 100-year life: the role of housing, planning and design

Social Care Institute for Excellence, Centre for Ageing Better and Design Council The 100-year life: the role of housing, planning and design Publication date: June 2018 Ranking: useful In their words: “We brought together leading organisations from across housing, care

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Guide to people living with autism spectrum disorder

MIND Supporting people living with autism spectrum disorder and mental health problems A guide for practitioners and providers Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential This guide is in the form of a toolkit which aims to support professionals in: Consulting and

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Rightsizing and houses for older people

RIBA and Centre for Towns  Daniel Stern, Ian Warren and Andrew Forth. A Home for the Ages – Planning for the Future of with Age-friendly Design. Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful The report demonstrates that housing fro older people is

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Posted in Housing, Planning, Uncategorized

Gentrification and equality

Tanvi Misra writing in CityLab How gentrification impacts community bonds Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful               The article reports on a study which shows that the impact on a community of gentrification can be

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Practical guide for employers supporting disabled people

Remploy Practical advice for employers supporting disabled people and those with long term health conditions in the workplace Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful In their words: “The guide give a broad overview of 19 core disability areas including learning disabilities,

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Home design for people living with dementia

BBC Dementia and how to change your house to make life easier Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful A video that shows, in their words: “A house in the UK designed especially to help people with dementia (that’s) …inspiring families, care-home

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Housing

Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs: the rules

Gov.uk Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs: the rules Publication date: current Ranking: essential This post contains the Government guidance and also a guide produced by the National Shopmobility Federation. In summary, “Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs come in 2 categories:

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Posted in Disability, Highways

Accessible streetworks

Department of Transport New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 Code of Practice Safety at Street Works and Road Works: A Code of Practice Publication date: 2012 and 2013 respectively Ranking: essential Together these two documents set out the key

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Posted in Highways

Dyslexia Style Guide 2018

British Dyslexia Association Dyslexia Style Guide 2018: Creating Dyslexia Friendly Content Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential In their words: “This Style Guide provides principles that can help ensure that written material considers the difficulties experienced by some dyslexic people and

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Making Care Homes inclusive for LGBT+ residents

School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol and Diversity Trust Things you can do to make your care home more inclusive for older LGBT+ residents Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful This short note sets out 12 actions to make care

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Review of transport system mobility guidance

Karen Lucas, Gordon Stokes, Jeroen Bastiaanssen, Julian Burkinshaw; University of Leeds. Foresight, Government Office for Science Inequalities in Mobility and Access in the UK Transport System Future of Mobility: Evidence Review Publication date: 2019 Ranking: essential The study is a

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Regeneration: Rua Nova do Carbalho “Pink Street”, Lisbon

Project for Public Spaces Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful Download link: Great Public Spaces Great public spaces: Rua Nova do Carbalho, Lisbon A case study illustrating how a street can be transformed, using a lot of pink paint! In many

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Museums: A Whole New World for Visually Impaired People

Barry Ginley, Access Consultant V&A Museum Museums: A Whole New World for Visually Impaired People Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful Download link: publication website  The paper describes the work of the V&A entitled “FuturePlan” to improve access to the museum’s

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Posted in Arts, Design Standards (Buildings), Historic Buildings & Landscapes

Rental housing for an ageing population

Richard Best and Jeremy Porteus Housing LIN. Dept of Communities and Local Government/Dept of Health/Homes and Communities Agency All party parliamentary group on housing and care for older people. HAPPI 5: Rental housing for an ageing population Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful Download link: website

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Houses for HAPPI residents

Constanze Leibrock, Director, Proctor and Matthews Architects. Housing LIN. Designing inclusive Later Living communities for HAPPI residents Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful Download link: case study report In their words: “This case study report for the Housing LIN (Learning and

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Posted in Housing, Planning

Hidden no more: Dementia and disability

All-party Parliamentary Group on dementia Hidden no more: Dementia and disability Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful A good read for who? local authorities, employers transport providers and housing organisations. In their words: “Dementia is a disability, according to domestic law

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Adaptations without delay

Royal College of Occupational Therapists and Housing LIN, prepared by Rachel Russell, Marney Walker, Ian Copeman, Jeremy Porteus Adaptations without delay – a guide to planning and delivering home adaptations effectively Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful Good read for who?

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Healthy High Streets

Public Health England and Institute of Health Equity. Prepared by: Sorcha Daly and Jessica Allen, Institute of Health Equity. Healthy High Streets Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful. Good read for who?  Directors of Public Health, planners, architects and urban designers.

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Wheelchair Housing Design Guide

Habinteg Wheelchair Housing Design Guide – 3rd Edition Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential This guide provides a wide range of information, cross referenced to Approved Document M, Vol.1 M(4)3, with input from the Centre for Accessible Environments and the Royal

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Posted in Building Regulations, Housing, Planning

The Equality Act and Planning Law

Suzanne Walford, Foot Anstey The Equality Act and Planning Law Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential This note usefully describes the requirements the Equality Act places on the determination of planning applications and the preparation of planning policy. As John Halford

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Do delineators help visually impaired people in shared surfaces?

University College London Can shared surfaces be safely negotiated by blind and partially-sighted people? Ranking: useful Publication date: 2010 In their words: “Some Shared Space Schemes incorporate level surfaces; with the removal of the traditional vertical kerb upstand between the

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“People aren’t disabled their city is…”

A Guardian Cities article by Emily Yates “People aren’t disabled, their city is”: inside Europe’s most accessible city. Publication date: May 2019 Ranking: useful Article describes writer’s experience as a disabled person in travelling around the Dutch city of Breda

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Urban Design

Hints and tips for disability etiquette

Remploy  Disability awareness: Hints and tips for disability etiquette Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful         In their words: “Around 19 per cent* of the population have a disability or health condition. Many of these will be unseen,

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Housing our ageing population – case studies

Housing LIN. Local Government Association Housing our Ageing Population – Learning from councils meeting the housing need of our ageing population Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential In their words: “The case studies in this report demonstrate how Birmingham City Council,

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What have the Planners ever done for us?

Danial Scharff, Housing LIN Senior momentum: What have the Planners ever done for us? Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful In their words: “…some of the ways in which themes being discussed and implemented through the planning system could hinder or

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Inequality in the cycle lane

Anne Lusk, CityLab Publication date: February 2019 Ranking: useful: You Can’t Design Bike-Friendly Cities Without Considering Race and Class So what’s the issue? Research by the Harvard T H Chan School of Health with specially formed Boston focus groups identified:

Posted in Consultation, Highways, Urban Design

Are Planners ignoring older people?

Andrew Ross, Housing LIN How can local planning authorities engage better with the housing needs of an ageing society? Publication date: 2014 Ranking: essential In their words: “This paper for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) sets out how

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What’s a veg peeler and a ramp got in common?

Fast Company Oxo Cookware Company The untold story of the vegetable peeler that changed the world Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Inclusive design. Read on. “One of the most important moments in the history of industrial design occurred in 1990,

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How to make your service welcoming for disabled people

Business disability forum  Welcoming disabled customers Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful In their words: “The spending power of disabled people in the UK is around £249 billion per year and set to increase as the number of people living with

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Age friendly housing – a list of further reading

Housing LIN and Levitt Bernstein Authors: Julia Park and Jeremy Porteus Age friendly housing – a list of further reading (2nd Edition). Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful In their words: “To accompany RIBA’s publication, the Housing LIN and Levitt Bernstein

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USA intergenerational housing project lessons for UK

Dr Emma Garland  Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Learning from Intergenerational Housing Projects in the USA In her words: “The key findings are that: • Intergenerational housing works particularly well as a model for supported housing; • It fosters the

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Disabled Facilities Grant review 2018

University of the West of England (UWE) Authors: Sheila Mackintosh, Paul Smith, Helen Garrett, Maggie Davidson, Gareth Morgan, and Rachel Russell Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) and other adaptations External REview: Main Report Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential In their words:

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Impact assessment of costs of Housing Standards

E C Harris Built Asset Consultancy Part of Arcadis company Housing Standards Review: costs impact Publication date: 2014 Ranking: essential Report describes government’s view of cost implications of implementing the 2015 revised national housing standards. To obtain a copy in

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Dementia and housing resources

Housing LIN In Focus – Innovations in Housing and Dementia Publication date: various Ranking: essential In their words: “The number of people living with dementia is set to grow. These dedicated pages have been specially created to put the spotlight on

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Can children really see cars coming when they cross the road?

Royal Holloway, London.  In Psychological Science, Vol. 22, No. 4, 04.2011, p. 429-434. Authors: John P. Wann, Damian R. Poulter, and Catherine Purcell Reduced Sensitivity to Visual Looming Inflates the Risk Posed by Speeding Vehicles When Children Try to Cross the Road Publication date:

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Shared Space Delineators – are they detectable?

Transport for London and Accessibility Research Group, University College London. Authors: Childs CR, Fujiyama T, Boampong, DK, Holloway C, Rostron H, Morgan K, Tyler N Shared Space Delineators – are they detectable? Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful In the context of

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Event planning guide

Equality and Human Rights Commission Engaging with disabled people – an event planning guide Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential Event planning checklists of things to consider when planning an engagement event involving disabled people. These cover: arranging the event finding a

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Who is your designer?

Design Council  Authors: Sally Benton, Stephen Miller, Sophie Reid. The Design Economy 2018 Published: 2018 Ranking: useful We wanted to highlight here a short section from the Design Council’s report, “The Design Economy 2018″ subtitled,  “the state of design in

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Cashiers do Blue Peter!

North Somerset Council Case study 9: Accessible cashiers desks Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful To meet the needs of both staff and customers, cashiers at Sheffield City Council helped design the cashiers desks for the then brand new Howden House

Posted in Disability, Service Provision

Feedback – how to fix the Bronx bus service

John Suico, CityLab How to fix the Bronx bus service? Ask the commuters Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Using the context of the Bronx bus service the article highlights the value of consultation and involvement of customers or  citizens. It

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Health benefits of Play Streets

D’Haese, S., et al 2015. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Organizing “Play Streets” can increase physical activity during school vacations Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful The study highlighted how creating Play Streets significantly increases children’s moderate to vigorous intensity

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Select Committee inquiry into Housing for Older People

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Government response to the Second Report of Session 2017-19 of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into Housing for Older People Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential The Government response acknowledges the Select Committee’s recognition that

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Age friendly housing design

Jeremy Porteus and Julia Park Housing LIN Age-friendly Housing: Future design for older people Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Download link: visit the RIBA bookshop In their words: “This book embeds the principles of how we should approach the design of future housing for

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Why older people really move

PHASE@Manchester School of Architecture RIGHTSIZING: Reframing the housing offer for older people Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful “Despite common assumptions that most people want to downsize or enter specialist accommodation as they age, this report reveals that when it comes to choosing

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