Los Ageless (St. Vincent, 2017)



"Placed in front backdrops of highlighter blue, violent purple, and bubblegum pink, Annie Clark is put through the paces of a stereotypical Los Angeles upper class lifestyle—from sitting under a hairdryer at the salon to exercise classes to (most extremely) having her faced stretched and poked at a plastic surgeon office, wrapped up like a bondage mummy and playing her guitar." (Jezebel)

Los Angeles: Hispanic Heritage Month



"To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, Big Hero 6 The Series character designer, Jose Lopez, goes to Plaza de la Raza in East Los Angeles to create a mural in celebration of his mariachi family heritage." (Disney XD)

Josh Penn's Kinetic Typography



Motion and graphic designer Josh Penn - who has dyslexia - has created an animation that visualises what it is like to have dyslexia.
"I wanted to educate and tell people what dyslexia is. I think one of the biggest issues with dyslexia is that people without dyslexia don't understand it; they don't know what it is and they don't know the many, many types."
"As far as I know, no one has ever made an animated dyslexia video, this gave me an area to explore and give people a moving image that would actually be able to educate or interest them."
Josh Penn

Comfort in Times of Mental Distress: The Emotional First Aid Kit


"In spite of culture, background, wealth – everybody suffers the same emotional ups and downs of life. What if we treated emotional health equally to psychical health? This kit is designed for very different emotional scenarios."
Rui Sun
Rui Sun designed five objects that provide a different comfort in times of mental distress: the Purple Breathing Mask that emits calming scents in intense situations, the Indigo Third Eyeglasses with three lenses to remind us that we can look at things using a different perspective, the Blue Stress Buster that visualises sound with blue ink, the Green Meditating Stethoscope, and the Yellow Confidence Booster (Dezeen).
"Though these products have a novel nature, the Emotional First Aid Kit is an expression of society’s relatively recent increase in conversations about mental wellness. Projects of this kind can turn back the stigma of illnesses of the mind and Rui Sun is one of many designers who are interested in addressing the imbalance between the attention given to physical injury and that of emotional health."
Design Indaba

Cities for Active Inclusion



"Cities for Active Inclusion is a dynamic partnership of nine European cities – Barcelona, Birmingham, Bologna, Brno, Copenhagen, Lille Métropole-Roubaix, Rotterdam, Sofia and Stockholm – each establishing a Local Authority Observatory (LAO) within its administration. Their aim is to share information, promote mutual learning and carry out research on the implementation of the active inclusion strategies at the local level.
The observatories are coordinated by EUROCITIES, the network of major cities in Europe, and supported through a partnership between the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) and EUROCITIES. Cities for Active Inclusion builds upon the experience of a pilot phase carried out in five European cities between March 2009 and August 2010." (Eurocities)

::: DOWNLOAD: Investing in an Inclusive Society, 24 pages

::: DOWNLOAD: Cities on the Frontline: Local Practices for Active Inclusion, 28 pages

More documents to download: LINK

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Making Birmingham an Inclusive City...



... with the following seven social inclusion commitments:

1. Support families and children out of poverty…
2. Embrace superdiversity…
3. Protect the most vulnerable…
4. Connect people and places…
5. Create a city that values children and young people…
6. Empower people to shape their neighbourhood…
7. Address safety, isolation and loneliness…

::: DOWNLOAD Making Birmingham an Inclusive City (2013), 67 pages

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The City, Public Transit and the Elderly



"(...) public transit itself can be difficult for older people to navigate, and is unreliable or insufficient for many trips in most U.S. cities. Unreliable transit is a major contributor to missed health care appointments, which cost individual hospitals tens of millions of dollars a year in revenue and productivity loss; older patients are more likely to miss appointments. Moreover, lack of access to transportation can make it difficult for older people to participate in civic life, see family and friends, and access services, volunteer opportunities, or jobs. As they age, many older people decrease the number of trips they take, leading to social isolation and declining health. An analysis of 2009 National Household Travel Survey data found that, among adults 65 and older who reported not having taken a trip outside the home in the past week, more than half reported that they would like to get out more often.2 That same analysis found that 21% of people aged 65+ do not drive."

::: DOWNLOAD: All-Ages Access. Making Transit Work For Everyone in America's Rapidly Aging Cities (23 pages)

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Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health: Designing Mental Health into Cities



"A great deal of work has been done on how urban design can improve physical health: reducing obesity, or lung diseases, for example. But in the proliferation of research and guidelines for the healthy city, mental health is still often an afterthought. This is disappointing because cities affect our mental health, and mental health problems exert huge impact on cities. This creates a vicious circle."

Green, active, pro-social, and safe places can have a positive impact on mental health. And, they can be designed.

More Information: UD/MH
City case study Tokyo: link

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Hipsters, rich, tourists, suits, uni, normies: Stereotype your city



Hoodmaps is a colour-coded map (yellow for hipsters, green for rich, red for tourists, blue for suits, dark blue for uni, grey for normies); the information comes from its users only. That, of course, can easily lead to the promotion of negative stereotypes (the app SketchFactor, for instance, was shut down for the very reason that prejudice against Latinos and black US-Americans was encouraged and was called an app by white people made to avoid black neighbourhoods). Another point of criticism is that the tool is rather "white-centric" since the stereotypes speak to how white, wealthier people see the neighbourhood (CityLab).

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