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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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Posted in Auditing, Design Standards (Environment), Health, Urban Design

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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Posted in Highways, Planning, Signage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guidance on the use of Tactile Paving Surfaces

Department of Transport Publication date: 2007 Ranking: essential Guidance on the use and layout of tactile paving in pedestrian environments. How to view a copy Follow this link to the central government website to download a copy To obtain a copy

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Posted in Highways, Landscaping

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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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Urban Design

Manual for Streets

Department of Transport Publication date: 2007 and 2010 Ranking: essential Guidance for practitioners involved in the planning, provision and approval of new residential streets and modifications to existing ones. Its companion publication “Manual for Streets 2” addresses the wider urban area.

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Posted in Disability, Highways, Religion & Belief

Residential neighbourhoods

Womens Design Service (WDS) Broadsheet No.15 Publication date: 1994 Ranking: useful Note describing how local neighbourhoods can be more effectively represented through community consultation about planning issues. How to view a copy Please contact the North Somerset Council Access Officer. How

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Posted in Gender, Planning

Street lighting

Womens Design Service Publication date: 1991 Ranking: useful Short note describing role of street lighting in safety of women in urban areas. How to view a copy Please contact the North Somerset Council Access Officer. How to obtain a copy in an alternative

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Gender