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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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Posted in Consultation

Great public spaces need more than good design

Linda Poon, The Atlantic CityLab. To Build a Great Public Space, You Need More Than Good Design Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful The article highlights the work of the Kounkuey Design Initiative who work with grassroots organisation to create public spaces

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Posted in Landscaping, Urban Design

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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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

Dementia and Town Planning

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Dementia and Town Planning – RTPI Practice Advice Publication date: January 2017 Ranking: useful In their own words… “This practice note gives advice on how good planning can create better environments for people living with dementia. It

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

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

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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Posted in Historic Buildings & Landscapes, Planning, Urban Design

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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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

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

Designing cities for women 1: public realm

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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Posted in Gender, Urban Design

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

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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National housing standards

Dept. for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Accessible housing standards Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential A range of new standards for the construction of  residential development have been introduced. Many issues relating to the way they will be implemented and

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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

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

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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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Planning, sexual orientation, Urban Design

Older People: New Kids on the Block

Publication date: 2013 Ranking: Useful The report’s author emphasises that despite good intentions, little housing for older people is being planned or built and a clear starting point must be a much better understanding of older people’s housing needs. The

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Posted in Housing, Planning

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

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

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

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

DCLG Planning policy for traveller sites

Dept of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Publication date: March 2012 Ranking: useful  This document sets out the Government’s planning policy for traveller sites. It should be read in conjunction with the National Planning Policy Framework.  This policy must be taken

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Posted in Planning, Religion & Belief

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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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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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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