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

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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Posted in Consultation, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Private Sector

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

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Housing

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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Posted in Health, Housing

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

Briefing – Accessible housing standards 2015

Habinteg Accessible housing standards 2015 – briefing Publication date: November 205 Ranking: essential Using a simple chart and symbol format this guide runs through the changes between the Lifetime Homes standards and the latest 2015 Building Regulations Approved Document M4 (2),

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Comparison of European accessible housing standards

European Federation for Living (EFL) Accessible housing in different European countries: comparison leaflet Publication date: unknown Ranking: useful This leaflet sets out the differences between standards in the UK and Finland, France, Germany and The Netherlands. It lists examples of

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Accessible housing design ideas

European Federation for Living (EFL) The Housing and Design Centre of Finland EFL Design Competition 2015-2016: Jury Report and The Book of Designs Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful Alongside describing the winners and commendations in the competition, this report outlines

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Loneliness, health and housing design

DEMOS and McCarthy and Stone By Claudia Wood and Jo Salter of DEMOS Building Companionship: how better design can combat loneliness in later life Publication date: April 2016 Ranking: useful This report “… explores why it might be that older people

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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

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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Posted in Highways, Planning

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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Posted in Housing

Adapting your home

Age UK Adapting your home: Services and equipment to help you stay living at home Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful This useful guide is aimed at disabled people wanting to make adaptations or improvements to their homes to make them

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Posted in Disability, Housing

Making a house a home

Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) Making a house a home: Local Authorities and disabled adaptations Publication date: March 2016 Ranking: useful This report highlights some of the issues raised with the LGO when the process goes wrong, and the impact this

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Breaking point

Muscular Dystrophy UK Breaking Point: the crisis in accessible housing and adaptations Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful Accessible housing and adaptations are vital in enabling disabled people and their families to have the same quality of life and independence as

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BSI code of practice on dementia friendly communities

British Standards Institute BSI PAS 1365:2015 Code of Practice for the recognition of Dementia Friendly Communities Publication date: 2016 Ranking: essential This code of practice aims to help support existing communities and to inspire more areas to get involved in

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Posted in Disability, Service Provision

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

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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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

Best kept secrets

Your home’s best kept secrets Style and décor design advice is available everywhere. But here’s something you may not see a lot about. The Big Opportunity is all about the top 10 features in your house that we think you

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Posted in Disability, Housing

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

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

More Lifetime Homes

Housing LIN Case studies on accessible housing design.  Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful The link here is to the Housing LIN’s case studies on accessible design, together with details of housing design standards produced by Habinteg and the Centre for

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Accessible and adaptable housing

British Standards Institute (BSI) Design of accessible and adaptable general needs housing – Code of practice BS 9266:2013 Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential This publication sets detailed standards to show how its possible to design housing suitable for everyone’s needs. BS

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

Housing Standards Review

Publication date: March 2014 Ranking: essential The Government have undertaken a review of the building regulations framework and voluntary housing standards which aimed to rationalise the large number of codes, standards, rules, regulations and guidance that the Government believe add unnecessary

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Putting Inclusive Design into Practice

Housing LIN Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful In a society which has an ageing population and, for the first time, has more older people than younger people, there is a compelling need to do much more to improve the accessibility

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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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Improving the public’s health

The Kings Fund Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful Local authorities have been given renewed responsibility for public health as part of the government’s 2012 health and social care reforms. While this is a welcome move, there are as yet few

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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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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Housing, Landscaping, Planning, 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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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

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

Nightsite – the 24 hour city

Joint Mobility Unit (JMU) and the Civic Trust Regeneration Unit Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful This study highlights the access needs of older and disabled people with a view to raising awareness of  the need to create inclusive environments among policy-makers and

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Approved document Part M: Access to and use of buildings

Planning Portal Publication Date:  2016 (updated)  Ranking:  Essential This section covers the technical guidance contained in Part M (Approved Document M) of schedule 1 of the Building Regulations with the requirements with respect to Access to and use of buildings.

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Posted in Building Regulations, Design Standards (Buildings), Disability