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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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Posted in Disability, Highways, Planning, Urban Design

Building dementia friendly communities for everyone

Geraldine Green, Senior Policy Officer and Louise Lakey, Policy Manager, Alzheimer’s Society Building dementia friendly communities: A priority for everyone Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful This report describes the views of people affected by dementia and their carers. It explores the barriers

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Streetscape audits

Dept. of Transport and Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Traffic Advisory Leaflet 5/11: Quality Audit Publication date: 2011 Ranking: essential This leaflet explains the Quality Audit process. The Quality Audit process can be applied to highway, traffic management or development

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Crossings and pedestrian walking speeds

Transport Research Laboratory Report prepared by M cRabtree, C Lodge and P Emmerson. A Review of Pedestrian Walking Speeds and Time Needed to Cross the Road Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful Living Streets commissioned Transport Research Laboratory to bring together

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Shares space experience in Ireland

Tom Grey and Emma Siddall, with contributions from Eoghan O’Shea; TrinityHaus, (Trinity College, Dublin). Shared Space, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones from a Universal Design Approach for the Urban Environment in Ireland Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The research was

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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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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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Superdensity

Superdensity – The sequel Written and published by HTA Design LLP, Levitt Bernstein, Pollard Thomas Edwards and PRP Architect in partnership with David Birkbeck of Design for Homes. Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful Building on Living at Superdensity, this report shows through a series of essays

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An alternative age-friendly handbook

Sophie Handler; UK Urban Ageing Consortium | Age Uk | Royal Institute of British Architects | Age-friendly Manchester | Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing. An alternative age-friendly handbook Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful This handbook provides practitioners with a series

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Play Street Orders

Playing Out – Bristol City Council Playing out – applying for temporary street orders Publication date: current. Due to be reviewed 16/06/2015 Ranking: useful Here is an example of how one council has set up the administrative process to close a street

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Playing out

Playing Out A Dutch view of playing out  Publication date:  December 2013 Ranking: useful A film made in 1972 documenting the efforts of a group of Dutch children to create a play street. Portrays group of children with quietly supportive

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Child-friendly City

UNICEF Building child-friendly cities: A framework for action Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful This document provides a framework for defining and developing a Child Friendly City. It identifies the steps to build a local system of governance committed to fulfilling children’s rights. The framework

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People with dementia and the physical environment

North Somerset Council Equality and Diversity Team Publication date: 2014 Ranking: Essential (North Somerset Council) This document focuses on the public realm at both the local neighbourhood level as well as town and city centres. It therefore may be of

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The design of streets with older people in mind: 13 part toolkit

I’DGO Publication date: 2007 and 2012 Ranking: useful The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind is a 13 part toolkit; each part addressing a different environmental feature of streets and neighbourhoods. It is based on research undertaken by

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Landscape Design for Dementia Care

Housing LIN Publication date: July 2013 Ranking: useful This Factsheet is intended to be used as a tool to further debate on the subject of design for dementia care in the specialist housing sector. The principles of landscape design for

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Local Transport Note 1/11

Department for Transport Publication date: 2011 Ranking: essential This Local Transport Note (LTN) focuses on shared space in high street environments but many of its principles will apply in other settings. It places particular emphasis on stakeholder engagement and inclusive

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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. Download a copy here at the I’DGO

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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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City health check

RIBA Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful Do our cities support healthy, active choices on a daily basis? Does the architecture and urban design of our cities impact on public health? In this health check the RIBA report compares three serious

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Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO)

I’DGO project Publication date: various Ranking: useful This is a link to the valuable website resource funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a part of a project that was established in 2003. I’DGO has a longstanding record

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Violence, Sexuality and Space Research summary

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Publication date: 2005 Ranking: useful Looks at how homophobic violence results in social exclusion in some geographic areas and the reasons why this occurs. Shows it is not just the way space is designed

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The smoking ban: Perceptions of safety on Edinburgh’s scene

Brunel University Publication date: 2008 Ranking: useful Evaluates the effects on safety of gay people in Edinburgh as a result of the smoking ban. Shows that safety of gay people is compromised when having to stand outside public premises and

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Homophobia and violence against gay people in public space

Maneo-Werkstatt 3 Publication date: 2008 Ranking:  useful Report of a workshop by MANEO organisation on pan-European project to look at reporting and the way violence is treated involving gay people. Is useful for understanding issues relating to the management of

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Access for blind people in towns

The National Federation of the Blind of the UK Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful This document sets out the general requirements of blind people and of trained guide dogs, in order to provide assistance to planners and designers who are responsible

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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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Manual for Streets: evidence and research

Department of Transport Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful This document provides the background research and evidence undertaken by TRL Ltd for the revised Manual for Streets document looking at the relationships between speed, geometry environment and casualities. How to view a copy

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NDA 4 – Older people’s use of unfamiliar space (OPUS)

New dynamics of ageing, (NDA) a cross council research programme published by University of Sheffield Judith Phillips et al, Swansea University Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful Older people are increasingly experiencing environments that can be unfamiliar to them. The research

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Homes for our old age – Independent living by design

Design Council, based on research commissioned by the Department of Health, conducted by the Women’s Design Service and the University of the West of England. Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful The report will be of interest to those who commission,

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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

The value of good design

Design Council, formerly published by Commission for Architecture and Built Environment, CABE. The value of good design: how buildings and spaces create economic and social value Publication date: 2002 Ranking: useful The document draws together key research from the UK and

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Breedon gravel aggregates

Breedon Gravel Publication date: not applicable Ranking: useful Breedon Wayfarer is a gravel based material, graded 6mm to fines limestone material with self binding properties providing stability with great versatility. It is commonly used on any paths used by disabled

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