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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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Posted in Disability

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

Urban design for mental health

Mimi Kirk , The Atlantic; CityLab Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: useful How to support mental health through urban planning The article describes the work of the Center for Urban Urban Design and Mental Health and highlights four key themes

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Core 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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, 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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Even more HAPPI

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 3 Housing our aging population: Positive ideas Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This third report

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Posted in Highways

HAPPI 2 – a plan for implementation

Richard Best and Jeremy Porteus Housing LIN Dept of Communities and Local Government/Dept of Health/Homes and Communities Agency HAPPI 2 Housing our aging population: Plan for implementation Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The report, Plan for Implementation, sets out key actions

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Posted in Housing

Dementia and housing assessment tool

Written by Sue Garwood, for the Housing Learning & Improvement Network Dementia and housing: An assessment tool for local commissioning Publication date: May 2016 Ranking: useful This self-assessment tool is designed to help local commissioners understand the progress made to enable

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Posted in Housing, Uncategorized

Accessible communities

Housing LIN Design Hub – Building homes and communities  Publication date: various dates Ranking: useful This is part of the website of Housing LIN where they offer guidance and examples of effective design principles and practice in mainstream and specialist

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Building better places

House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment.  Building Better Places Publication date: February 2016 Ranking: useful This report covers the findings of the Select Committee. The Committee commented: “(the) …cumulative effect of progressively diluting the capacity

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Private Sector, Service Provision

LLDC Inclusive Design Standards

London Legacy Development Corporation LLDC Inclusive Design Standards Publication date: March 2013 Ranking: useful This document sets out the design standards used by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) as a part of the Olympic Legacy process. It develops the guidance

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Project Management

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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Posted in Housing, Planning

Towards Accessible Housing Toolkit

Habinteg and Town and Country Planning Association Towards Accessible Housing Toolkit Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential The introduction states: “This toolkit has been assembled to help planners to plan and secure delivery of accessible homes.” The document describes: The process

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Posted in Disability, Housing

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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Small plot, big technology

Papworth Trust Small plot, big technology in accessible bungalow design Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful. The Papworth Trust have constructed two space-saving bungalows in Papworth Everard in Cambridgeshire. They are an example of how to create accessible accommodation with a focus

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Posted in Housing

Is your hospital dementia friendly?

The King’s Fund Centre An EHE Environmental Assessment Tool Is your hospital dementia friendly? Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful This is an audit tool for assessing hospital wards. The King’s Fund’s overarching design principles for dementia friendly design are reproduced at

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Disability

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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Is your ward dementia friendly?

The King’s Fund Centre The King’s Fund’s Enhancing the Healing Environment (EHE) Assessment Tool. Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful The King’s Fund Centre has developed an audit to assess health settings for people living with dementia. The document contain seven sections and

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Posted in Auditing

The patient experience

King’s Fund Centre Improving the patient experience: Developing supportive design for people with dementia Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful   The report addresses the ways the environment can be used to support people living with dementia in health settings. Its forms

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Health

Case study 4: Deck access, balconies and bungalows

Housing LIN Deck access, balconies and bungalows: new trends in HAPPI award winning buildings, by David Birbeck  Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful The case studies aim to show inclusive design in practice. All the case studies can be found in

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Posted in Housing

Great places to go

Case studies – index North Somerset Equality and Diversity Team Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful Here are both buildings and spaces that show how good inclusive design can be achieved in practice. The cases are not all brand new buildings and

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Health, Project Management, Service Provision

Case study 2: North Somerset Town Hall

North Somerset Council Equality and Diversity Team Art of combining steps and a lift in one Publication date: 2014 Ranking: Useful The case studies aim to show inclusive design in practice All the case studies can be found in our

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Case study 1: Knightstone Housing Association offices

North Somerset Council Equality and Diversity Team Accessible offices Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful The case studies aim to show inclusive design in practice All the case studies can be found in our case study index post. Scheme 1 Knightstone

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

Architecture and gay people: media article

Architects Journal (AJ): “Stonewall: Architecture fails to support gay equality in workplace: Publication date: 2013 Rank: useful Written by Rakesh Ramchurn, it highlights the lack of architectural or planning practice in the Stonewall Equality Index and that architecture does less to

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Posted in sexual orientation

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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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Highways, Urban Design

Making your project accessible for disabled people

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Publication date: December 2012 Ranking: useful This guidance has been written to support bids for funding to the HLF. It looks at how it is possible to improve projects so that disabled people, (visitors, volunteers or staff),

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Historic Buildings & Landscapes

Non-Mainstream Housing Design Guidance

Housing and Communities Agency Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful  This report summarises recent work carried out by Levitt Bernstein and PRP Architects on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency. It provides an overview and synopsis of the extensive published

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Housing, Uncategorized

Ways for staff to consult people with dementia about services

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Publication date: 2001 Ranking: useful Previous research has demonstrated that, given the right support, individuals with dementia can express opinions about services. However, staff need help with identifying and using opportunities for meaningful consultation. This study by

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Posted in Consultation, Health, Service Provision

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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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Highways, Urban Design

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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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Health, Planning, Urban Design

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Planning, Project Management

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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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Health, Highways, Planning, Urban Design

BME Housing design protocol

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful The document was produced to represent an agreed approach to the design development process for delivering housing, which is flexible in design to meet the needs of BME households. Whilst there was

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Race

Dementia: design and built environment

Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) Publication date: updated periodically Ranking: useful Follow this link to the Housing LIN website which offers a range of publications and events on housing design and older people with information available on dementia. Other housing and care topics

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability

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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Accessible thresholds in new buildings: guidance for house builders and designers

Department of Communities and Local Government Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful The aim of the guide is to suggest solutions that will make the thresholds of dwellings more accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility, whilst minimising the

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Posted in Building Regulations, Disability, Housing

Inclusive School Design – accommodating pupils with SEN and disabilities in mainstream schools

Department of Education Publication date: 2001 Ranking: useful Published as Building Bulletin 94, it provided advice and guidance on how to accommodate pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in mainstream schools in support of Building Bulletin 91. The illustrated text

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Advice on Standards for School Premises 2013

Department of Education (DfE) Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential This advice is non-statutory, and has been produced by the DfE to help recipients understand their obligations and duties in relation to the School Premises Regulations 2012, which came into force

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

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

Disability Design Standards

Publication date: updated 2013 Ranking: essential The North Somerset Council design sheets summarise design guidance for disabled people and are based on national guidance, good practice and the views of local disabled people. They form a part of the council’s policy

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Inclusive Project Management

Jointly published by Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee and former published by Commission on Architecture  and Built Environment Publication date: 2003 Ranking: useful A detailed practical guide on how to manage a project team in accordance with inclusive design principles, looking at how aims

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Posted in Private Sector, Project Management, Service Provision

Lifetime Homes and Part M 2004

Habinteg and Joseph Rowntree Foundation A comparison of each of the 16 Lifetime Homes Design Criteria with the relevant requirements of the Building Regulation Approved Document M (Part M) is listed under each Lifetime Home Criterion 1-16. This comparison will assist in the assessment of

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Posted in Housing

Inclusive Mobility 2005

Department of Transport Publication date: 2005 Ranking: essential A guide to best practice on access to pedestrian and transport infrastructure. How to view a copy Follow this link to download a copy. To obtain a copy in an alternative format

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Posted in Highways

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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Designing for Diversity – making design about the individual

North Somerset Council Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful This document provides the background to the aims and objectives of this web-based design resource. Feedback from users of buildings or transport often highlights instances of poor design. Rather than yet again repeating

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Access to Historic Buildings

English Heritage Easy Access to Historic Buildings Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential These guidelines focus on physical access issues for historic buildings. Other issues such as lighting, tone, colour contrast and signing are addressed with references to other access guidance elsewhere. The guidance deals buildings

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

Designing Libraries

Designing Libraries is run by team at Aberystwyth University. It was set up in 2004  initially with MLA funding, to provide a web-based database of recent public library building projects in the UK, benefiting from staff expertise and resources within the University

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Posted in Accommodation, Design Standards (Buildings)

School building design guidance

Department for Education (DfE) Publication date: various 2012 Ranking: essential This a website listing all the Departments current guidance on school design. It includes: Updated information on Building Bulletin 82, ‘Area guidelines for schools’, which has been superseded by two

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The value of good design: how buildings and spaces create economic and social value

Design Council, formerly published by Commission for Architecture and Built Environment, CABE. Publication date: 2002 Ranking: useful The document draws together key research from the UK and abroad to show that investment in good design generates economic and social value. How

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Lifetime Homes design guide

Habinteg/Joseph Rowntree Foundation Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The concept of Lifetime Homes was developed in the early 1990s by a group of housing experts, including Habinteg Housing Association and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The group was formed because of

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