Making transport work for people

It seems the more disadvantaged a community or individual is, the less likely they are to access public transportation systems that work for them. This is the argument posed in a report based on research in California that looked into the issues. The outcome of the research is a Mobility Equity Framework based on two … Continue reading Making transport work for people

Urban planning for population longevity

Urban designers can be champions for improvements for population ageing. That is a key theme in an article that proposes ways for helping older people stay put in their home, and if not, in their community. The article discusses current innovations to make neighbourhoods and homes more supportive both physically and socially. These include: enriching … Continue reading Urban planning for population longevity

Town planning and mental health: a personal perspective

Jason Barr is an urban planner who lives with several mental health diagnoses. He has a unique perspective to share when it comes to mental health and urban planning/design. His article focuses on his personal experiences in different built environments, and how those experiences impacted his mental well-being. He emphasises the need to design for … Continue reading Town planning and mental health: a personal perspective

Walkability in neighbourhood design

Health professionals cite the lack of walking as a major factor in poor long term health, but do planners consider this in their schemes? But more importantly, do they consider the breadth and diversity of the population? This topic is of particular interest to Lisa Stafford and Claudia Baldwin. Their latest publication, Planning Walkable Neighborhoods: … Continue reading Walkability in neighbourhood design

Understanding inclusion: How can we make it happen?

Architect Mary Ann Jackson has written a thoughtful article about built environment practitioners and their continued lack of understanding of our human diversity. She points out that little is known about the extent of inaccessibility and that legislation is all very well, but it doesn’t reflect the real lives of people. Her article explores the … Continue reading Understanding inclusion: How can we make it happen?

Housing design for a decent life

Living a “decent life” depends on whether you have the capabilities to have a decent life. This is the proposition of Nobel prize-winning economist and philosopher, Amartya Sen. Doing the things we value, having freedoms and pursuing our goals are all part of having a decent life according to Sen (2009). But lack of money … Continue reading Housing design for a decent life

Designs for autonomy in later life

UD followers with an interest in housing design might find interesting “Adaptive environments for enabling senior citizens: An holistic assessment tool for housing design and IoT-based technologies”. The study asks the question, “Could houses and appliances have the potential to improve autonomy and quality of life of citizens?” The approach combines the design features of … Continue reading Designs for autonomy in later life

Impact of local built environment attributes on the elderly sociability

This article focuses on the importance of social connectedness for older people and how this is essential for ongoing health and wellbeing. However, environments continue to be designed and built in ways that are often detrimental to older people being able to get out and about and socialise. The research showed that the qualities of “safety”, … Continue reading Impact of local built environment attributes on the elderly sociability