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Apps and Technologies That Make Smart Cities More Inclusive

Smart cities and smart citizens: the apps and the technologies that make cities more inclusive and open | URBACT

Even just walking on Via del Corso in Rome or on Esplanadi in Helsinki it is possible to notice how much people live their city through the smartphones, but we rarely focus on how the use of the new technologies is contributing to promote inclusion and participation to the life of the urban contexts. The metropolitan areas of Helsinki and…

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Is Inclusive Design Achievable?

Screenshot-2018-4-5 Is Inclusive Design Achievable

In the spirit of the “special relationship” between the U.S. and the U.K., I invited our friend and colleague Jane Duncan to take over this spot this month. She is president of the 40,000-member Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and director of Jane Duncan Architects + Interiors, an award-winning practice in Buckinghamshire, England. Jane ran for office on pledges…

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Improving Accessibility in the UK

Improving Accessibility in the UK

Whether it’s a temporary Christmas market or planning everyday routes, accessibility around the UK has steadily gained awareness over the years. Today it is a key concern for many people, from the government and local councils to public transport providers. Unfortunately, while the introduction of new laws and legislation such as The Equality Act 2010 has helped to drive action…

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Kiosk Accessibility: The Law is Paying Attention – Law Office of Lainey Feingold

Kiosk Accessibility: The Law is Paying Attention – Law Office of Lainey Feingold

.entry-header .post-thumbnail Website accessibility is important. Website accessibility is something that receives significant attention in the legal space. But digital accessibility is not just about websites, and the law is taking notice. This post highlights cases about kiosk accessibility. I use the term “kiosk” broadly to include tablets and any piece of technology offering services, products, and information. Who will…

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Smart Cities At The Crossroads Of People-Centered Urban Planning

Smart Cities At The Crossroads Of People-Centered Urban Planning

Are smart cities another fad that benefits only big tech companies, or can the power of citizen sensing help make life better for all who call the city home? Who would have thought frogs could be enlisted in the fight against household mould? It happened in Bristol in the United Kingdom when a digital ‘damp’ sensor in the form of…

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Urban Collaborative Spaces Can Provide Many Benefits for People with Disabilities

Urban Collaborative Spaces Can Provide Many Benefits for People with Disabilities

Collaborative spaces within the city are more than just rising hotbeds of innovation; they can serve as social equalizers to disenfranchised populations, such as people with physical and cognitive disabilities. Collaborative spaces can help promote social inclusion by acting as accessible hubs of civic engagement, meaningful relationships, learning, innovation, and creativity. As the world becomes more urban and digitally engrossed,…

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Universal Design’s Positive Return on Investment and Social Inclusion

Universal Design’s Positive Return on Investment and Social Impact: the Mary Free Bed YMCA Living Laboratory and Study | Global Universal Design Commission

Opened in 2015, the Mary Free Bed YMCA in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, is a state-of-the-art fitness facility designed using the principles of Universal Design (UD). Its design furthers accessibility and usability for all, regardless of user ability, age, and level of understanding (Blanck 2014). Constructed under the leadership of architecture and engineering firm Progressive AE, the building’s design includes…

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