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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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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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Posted in Gender, Highways, Rail, Urban Design

If women built cities

Susanna Rustin, The Guardian If women built cities, what would our urban landscape look like? Publication date: December 2014 Ranking: useful  The focus of this article is an interview with Fiona Scott of the Gort Scott partnership. It discuses her

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How to design a city for women

Clare Foran, CityLab from The Atlantic media group. How to design a city for women Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful The article focuses on a transportation study in Vienna which highlighted the gender differences in the way different modes transportation

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Designing cities for women

CityLab, AtlanticMedia. How to Design a City for Women Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This article looks at how urban planners have been taking the ideas of gender mainstreaming and what can be achieved when the differing needs of men

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Repealed legislation under Equality Act 2010

A number of pieces of equality and discrimination legislation were repealed when the Equality Act 2010 came into force. It is unfortunately too common a mistake by construction and environmental professionals to still refer to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995

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Posted in Disability, Gender, Race, Religion & Belief, sexual orientation

DIG

Iceland Academy of Arts, Norwegian Centre for Design; Centre for Gender Research, University of Iceland; Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Design Innovation for Gender Equality Publication date: 2008 Ranking: useful The report looks at how design overall can influence

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Stop, look and think for a moment

Link to something more! Some of our posts will already be taking you to a variety of external websites which offer help and support on equality and design. We’ve gone one further here and listed some of the key groups

Posted in Disability, Gender, Race, Religion & Belief, sexual orientation

Disabled women in London: housing, leisure and transport issues

London Women and Planning Forum (LWPF) Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful This is a report of a seminar held to examine the wider physical access needs of women in their local community. How to view a copy The report was available

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Planning and access for disabled people: a good practice guide

Dept. of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Publication date: 2003 Ranking: useful The primary objective of this guide is to ensure the planning system in England successfully and consistently delivers inclusive environments as an integral part of the development process.

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Posted in Consultation, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Gender, Service Provision

Public Places, Future Spaces

Womens Design Service Publication date: 1994 Ranking: useful Document provides an account of a study day organised by the Womens Design Service looking at to what extent contemporary models of planning met the needs of women and what needed to change to

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Access for All Design Guide

Environment Agency Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The Environment Agency’s own information on how to plan and deliver inclusive public access as part of their construction activities. It should be used by anyone planning to undertake physical works in the

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Posted in Accessible Information, Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Gender, Highways, Landscaping

The way we live now: What people expect from their homes

Ipsos MORI/Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful This research project has been commissioned from Ipsos MORI by the RIBA for the independent Future Homes Commission’s investigation into how the UK can build enough of the right kind

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Posted in Accommodation, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Doors, Gender, Housing, Urban Design

Community safety: a community development approach

London Women and Planning Forum/Womens Design Service Publication date: 1998 Ranking: useful Report of seminar that looked at how to address safety in the community with particular reference to women. Speakers included representatives from Womens Design Service, Hammersmith and Fulham

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A forgotten resource: overview of women in regeneration

Womens Design Service Broadsheet No.26 Publication date: 1995 Ranking: useful Note describes role of women in regeneration as both beneficiiaries and decision-makers. Stresses need for women to be represented in groups seeking to deal with regeneration issues and finding that

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Residential neighbourhoods

Womens Design Service (WDS) Broadsheet No.15 Publication date: 1994 Ranking: useful Note describing how local neighbourhoods can be more effectively represented through community consultation about planning issues. How to view a copy Please contact the North Somerset Council Access Officer. How

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Development advice

Womens Design Service (WDS) Publication date: 1992 Ranking: useful This note is an overview of the development advice process for both community groups and their advisers It was developed, in part, from experiences gained of an actual development advice project which

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Street lighting

Womens Design Service Publication date: 1991 Ranking: useful Short note describing role of street lighting in safety of women in urban areas. How to view a copy Please contact the North Somerset Council Access Officer. How to obtain a copy in an alternative

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Public places, future spaces

Womens Design Service Publication date: 1994 Ranking: useful Short note describing a seminar that looked at the needs of women using the public realm. How to view a copy Please contact the North Somerset Council Access Officer. How to obtain a

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Gender audits and impact assessments

London Women and Planning Forum/Womens Design Service Publication date: 2001 Ranking: useful Note describing a seminar that assessed the role Gender Audits and Impact Assessments can play in understanding different gender needs in regeneration and planning.  This seminar fed into the

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Women and urban renaissance

London Women and Planning Forum/Womens Design Service Publication date: 2000 Ranking: useful Short note describing a seminar that looked at how needs of women could be met in the period up to 2020 through the Planning system. How to view

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Gender equality and plan making

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Publication date: 2003 Ranking: useful This gender mainstreaming toolkit provides practical guidance on how to incorporate gender issues into planning at the local level, helping promote equality between women and men. The target audience for

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Gender and spatial planning

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful The note examines definitions of equality, the legal responsibilities of planners and the key gender issues affecting spatial planning. It then focuses on specific areas of planning, setting out key

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