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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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Who do we design for?

Microsoft Design The case for inclusive design Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful In their words: “If we use our own abilities and biases as a starting point, we end up with products designed for people of a specific gender, age,

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Office life for Deaf people

Charlie Swinbourne, The Guardian What’s it like to work in an office when you are Deaf? Publication date: 31 May 2012 Ranking: useful Explains many of the barriers faced by Deaf people when working in a variety of types of

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Building for Equality: Disability and the Built Environment

House of Commons Select Committee: Women and Equalities Building for Equality: Disability and the Built Environment Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential Download a copy here from the Parliament website  The report sets out the Select Committee’s findings and recommendations on

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Posted in Building Regulations, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Highways, Paving, Urban Design

Retirement in the city or the sun?

Mimi Kirk, CityLab Ageing in place Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful Download a copy here from the CityLab website This report looks at a US survey of older people, younger Millennials and Boomers to find out where they would want

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Posted in Planning, Urban Design

Connecting parks and people

Mimi Kirk, CityLab The city’s parks welcoming immigrants Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful This article describes how local communities were encouraged to become involved in helping to regenerate a run down park in Brooklyn. In addition to traditional methods such

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Posted in Consultation, Landscaping, Race

8 minutes, 34 seconds of your time

Design Council Inclusive Environments Publication date: 2016 Ranking: Essential This short film sets out the principles and methods to design and implement an inclusive environment for everyone. It has been commissioned as part of the Design Council’s work on their Inclusive

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Why don’t women cycle

Various sources Publication dates: various, 2017 Ranking: useful There is a gender gap in cycling which various across different countries. These articles show what some of the issues may be and what physical design barriers need to be addressed. As

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Accessible Street Charter

Equality and Diversity Team, North Somerset Council Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential The charter is based on work undertaken by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), to promote the concept of charters which set out the key principles

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Urban Design

Design toolkit

MediaLAB Amsterdam Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This toolkit sets out in detail all the various stages to design from initial ideas to implementation looking at what needs to be considered and how it should be carried out. Stages include,

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Code of practice for wheelchair passport schemes

British Standards Institute (BSi) Code of practice (CoP) for wheelchair passport schemes Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential This CoP promotes the use of a passport scheme which would include basic details required by wheelchair users to enable their safe travel

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Posted in Accessible Information, Disability

Great public spaces need more than good design

Linda Poon, The Atlantic CityLab. To Build a Great Public Space, You Need More Than Good Design Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful The article highlights the work of the Kounkuey Design Initiative who work with grassroots organisation to create public spaces

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Posted in Landscaping, Urban Design

Why the UK voting system must change

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) Turned out 2017 Published: 2017 Ranking: essential Whilst all voters have the right to vote independently and in secret the RNIB’s research into the last UK General Election has shown “…breakdowns in the current voting

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Life and times of a BSL interpreter at Glastonbury Festival

Here’s an edited account of one of Deafinite’s interpreters working with DeafZone at the 2017 festival.   Download the Glastonbury BSL story   For a copy in an alternative format or language please write to: Deafinite Interpreters 50 Topsham Road

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Active ageing

Written by Liz Cairncross, Head of Research at the Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University, Housing LIN Active Ageing and the Built Environment Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful The Briefing it looks at active ageing and the different aspects of the built

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Inclusive service provision

British Standards Institute (BSi) Inclusive service provision BS 18477:2010 Requirements for identifying and responding to consumer vulnerability In their words: “All consumers are different, with a wide range of needs, abilities and personal circumstances. These differences can place some in a

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Posted in Events & Meetings, Private Sector, Service Provision

Web accessibility

British Standards Institute (BSi) Web accessibility   Publication date: November 2010 Ranked: essential Guidance setting out the technical requirements for all organisations to ensure their websites are fully accessible to disabled people with a range of impairments. To obtain a

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A place for everyone?

Oxfam and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) A place for everyone? Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful This note relates to meeting the needs of women in Planning. It was produced at the time of the introduction of the Gender Equality

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Posted in Gender, Planning

Managing Accessible Toilets

Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE)  Managing Accessible Toilets Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential This guidance sets out the need for accessible toilets, the legislative background and the standards for the various different types. Importantly, it highlights 10 key good practice

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Dementia-friendly housing charter

Alzheimers Society  Dementia-friendly housing charter Publication date: March 2017 Ranking: useful In their words: “This.. charter seeks to make the housing sector including housing organisations, corporate bodies and sector professionals aware of the challenges of living with dementia so that

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Inclusive communication

Office for Disability Issues Inclusive communication Publication date: August 2014 Ranking: essential In their words: “This guidance aims to help you to: communicate using inclusive language and know which words to use and avoid when writing about disability include disabled

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How to write an Access Statement

VisitEngland VisitBritain Accessibility Guides Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential In their words: “An Accessibility Guide is produced by tourism operators to provide potential visitors with important accessibility information about a venue, property or service. The guide enables individuals with accessibility

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Successful places and spaces

Project for Public Places What makes a place successful? Publication date: various Ranking: useful In their words: “Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Urban Design

Deafspace

Hansel Bauman (hbhm architects) in conjunction with ASL Deaf Studies Department, Gallaudet University. The DeafSpace Project (DSP) Publication date: 2005 Ranking: useful In their words: “Our built environment, largely constructed by and for hearing individuals, presents a variety of surprising challenges

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Digital accessibility

Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office Making your service accessible: an introduction Publication date: May 2016 Ranking: essential This forms part of the guidance to central government services to ensure that all services are digitally accessible to equality groups. It contains

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Design for fire safety in schools

Department for Education/Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Publication date: 2007 Ranking: essential Building Bulletin 100: design for fire safety in schools In their words: “BB 100 is a design guide which shows clearly how the requirements for life safety, contained

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Chief Fire Officers Association/Home Office Publication date: 2006 Ranking: essential Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005: a short guide to making your premises safe from fire The Order is designed to provide a minimum fire safety standard in all non

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Poverty, place and inequality

Victoria Pinoncely, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Poverty, place and inequality – a policy paper Publication date: May 2016 Ranking: useful The paper puts forward the idea that place-based approaches are the best way tackle poverty and inequality. In their

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The case for play

SENSE  Making play inclusive: a toolkit for play settings Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful In their words: “For three months between September and November 2015, Sense undertook a public inquiry into the provision of play opportunities for children aged 0-5

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Are women the indicator of safety?

Terry Slavin, The Guardian, Cities feature section. “If there aren’t as many women cycling as men … you need better infrastructure” Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful In their words: “Gil Penalosa who runs Toronto-based consultancy 8-80 cities describes women cyclists

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Posted in Gender, Highways

Housing and health: building the evidence base

Liz Cairncross and Jeremy Porteous, HousingLIN. Housing and health: building the evidence base Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful In their words: “This paper provides a review of the evidence base in relation to projects and pilot initiatives across the UK

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Diversity: why it matters to designers

Canon Australia 6 Photographers Find 6 Different Ways To Shoot The Same Man. Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful As a part of a Canon advertising campaign called “Decoy” six photographers were given different briefs to photograph the same man, entirely

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Toolkit for engagement with people living with dementia

Department of Health (DoH) Engaging with people that have experience of with dementia Publication date: 2016 Ranking: essential One of the DoH priority actions in their Dementia 2020 Challenge action plan is to establish a Dementia Citizens’ Engagement Programme in England. A toolkit

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Number crunching retirement housing

Frank Knight Residential Research Retirement Housing: housing for an aging population Publication date: 2016 with separate October 2016 update Ranking: useful This policy paper describes key facts and figures behind the need for housing an aging population from basic information

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Comprehensive guide to retirement living

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University. Sponsored by Churchill Retirement Living, supported by Housing LIN. Comprehensive guide to retirement living Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful This guide reviews the changing needs and expectations of this development market,

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Sensory access in Higher Education

Equality Challenge Unit. Research undertaken by LSN (www.lsnlearning.org.uk): Jean Hewitt, Chris Hewitson, Gill O’Toole and Naomi Haywood. Sensory access in Higher Education: Guidance report Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful This guidance had been developed from research findings showing that students with visual

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Does someone need your seat?

Aine Pennello, The Atlantic CityLab. Do you know who needs you subway seat? Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful Article discusses issues for people with unseen impairments who may need a seat on public transport with reference to the new Transport

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Being disabled in Britain

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal Published: 2017 Ranked: useful In the EHRC’s words: “Being disabled in Britain is a review into disability inequality in Great Britain. It builds on the Equality and

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Little boxes

TV2 Denmark What happens when we stop putting people in boxes? Published:  2017 (On YouTube) Ranking: essential   Answer: Watch here   To obtain an alternative format or language  Please write to: TV2 DENMARK A / S Rugaardsvej 25 5100

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An environment for all ages

Kt-equal A built environment for all ages Publication date: March 2010 Ranking: useful Notes of a workshop held in 2010 looking at evidence that well-designed outdoor spaces can enhance long term health and well-being for people who use them regularly.

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Health, Landscaping, Urban Design

Building the right home

Amy Swan, Housing Lead for the Transforming Care Programme. Local Government Association, NHS England and Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). Building the right home Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: Useful Guidance for commissioners of health and care services for children,

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Library of the future

Michaela Cavanagh, CityLab, The Atlantic. A library of the future arrives in Denmark Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: useful Described as less of place for books and more a space for people the article highlights how a key issue in

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Education, estates and equality

Equality and Human Rights Commission (and former Disability Rights Commission). Two documents are posted here. It is important to read the historic guide in the context of the current guidance in the 2014 EHRC document.   Estates: The Disability Discrimination Act

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Transport and disabled people

Access to transport for disabled people House of Commons Transport Committee 2013-14 Publication date: September 2013 Ranking: useful This Parliamentary report reviews the government’s progress on meeting its own action plan targets and those set out in law to meet

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Posted in Disability, Service Provision, Uncategorized

TED goes designing for disability

TED  ideas worth spreading   A playlist of 10 videos all on subject of designing for disability from TED conferences around the world. In their words: “Good design — and smart technology — should fuel inclusivity. These talks show how tech

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How good is our place?

Architecture and Design Scotland, NHS – Health Scotland and The Scottish Government The Place Standard Guide Published: 2015 Ranking: useful In their words: “The Place Standard tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place. It allows you to

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Posted in Auditing, Planning, Urban Design

Dementia and Town Planning

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Dementia and Town Planning – RTPI Practice Advice Publication date: January 2017 Ranking: useful In their own words… “This practice note gives advice on how good planning can create better environments for people living with dementia. It

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Public transportation is a “women’s issue.”

Laura Bliss, The Atlantic; CityLab Mass transit mobilises women. Why don’t women mobilise for transit? Publication date: January 2017 Ranking: useful In their words: “Like the economy, climate change, immigration, and health care, public transportation is a women’s issue.” the author

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