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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Planning, Urban Design

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Quality of place matters

Richard Florida and Andrew Small,  The Atlantic; CityLab Why quality of place matters Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: useful The article highlights two research studies. First a recent study that assessed 23 variables of the quality of place from cultural

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Core disability design documents

Compiled by North Somerset Council Equality and Diversity Team. Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: essential These documents are the key ones which we feel underpin most design work from service delivery to transport, interior design or the public realm. Disability

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Creating age-friendly cities

Houses of Parliament Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Creating age-friendly cities Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This POSTnote from the  examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. As the number of older people living

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Historic buildings and places

National Disability Authority and Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Improving the accessibility of historic buildings and places Publication date: 2011 Ranking: useful Produced by the Irish National Disability Authority, this document provides detailed advice on making historic and

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HAPPI – a series of reports on design of housing for older people

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 Housing our Aging Population: Panel for Innovation Publication dates: 2009 to present Ranking: useful Download

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When cars are good!

Written by Nigel Appleton, Contact Consulting, for the Housing Learning & Improvement Network Better planning for car ownership and well-being in old age Publication date: May 2016 Ranking: useful This briefing reviews the literature around the significance of car ownership

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Public Health in Planning

Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) with Angie Jukes (Stockport Council) and Chimeme Egbutah (Luton Borough Council). Public Health in Planning: Good Practice Guide Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful This guide is a practical resource produced to help public health and planning

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Shared space: is it evidence based?

University of the West of England (UWE): Simon Moody and Steve Melia Shared space – research, policy and problems Publication date: 2012 Ranking: essential The authors’ introduction states: “Shared space is an approach to street design which minimises demarcations between vehicles

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Housing standards 2015

Habinteg HA Briefing: 7 points about the new Housing Standards 2015 Publication date: October 2015 Ranking: essential This valuable briefing from Habinteg explains the policy context and implementation plan for the new Housing Standards. It will be of particular use to anyone

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Guerrilla Wars in Everyday Public Spaces

Kin Wai Michael Siu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Guerrilla Wars in Everyday Public Spaces: Reflections and Inspirations for Designers. Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful This research offers designers a new perspective for examining how city users are tactically living in their cities.

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Building for Life

Building for Life Partnership Building for Life 12 (BfL12) is led by three partners: The Design Council, Design for Homes and the Home Builders Federation, supported by Nottingham Trent University. Building for Life 12 Publication date: revised 2012 Ranking: essential

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Co-design in Peckham

Guardian Newspapers Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful Co-design picks up on the idea of “co-production” where in this case local people were able to provide the council with access to their local expertise on an area rather than having a top down approach.

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Want to be a dementia friendly community?

Alzheimer’s Society The dementia friendly communities Publication date: various Ranking: essential The Alzheimer’s Society  are working nationally to … as a part of their …five year plan. Use these links to find out how to work towards becoming a dementia friendly

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Neighbourhoods for life Checklist

Housing Corporation Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful   This checklist gives a range of design recommendations to help housing associations improve the quality of life of older people with dementia in the outdoor environment. How to view a copy To

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Neighbourhoods for Life: Designing dementia-friendly outdoor environments

Oxford Brookes University Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful The number of older people in the UK is rising dramatically, particularly in the age group of 85 years and above. As the likelihood of developing dementia increases with age, reaching a one

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Design and access statement. How to write,read and use them.

Design Council (formerly the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment) Publication date: 2006 Ranking: Essential In May 2006, the government introduced changes to the planning applications process that brought Design and Access Statements into more common use . Though Planning

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Traffic Advisory Leaflet 01/13: Reducing sign clutter

Department for Transport Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful Over-provision of signs can have a detrimental impact on the environment and can dilute more important messages if they result in information overload for drivers. Importantly, they can be a significant access

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