Building Inclusive Cities with Audio Description



"What do physical environments and digital design have in common? Mindfulness of human diversity."
Microsoft Design

Wochenende



Okay, this hasn't got much to do with inclusion or urban design ... but it is so wonderful we want to share it with you and wish you a superb weekend!

Vortrag in Graz: Fußball, Sexismus und Homophobie - eine unheilige Allianz



"Die EM hat gezeigt: Fußball ist ein Ort, an dem vieles möglich ist, was an anderen Orten als überwunden gilt." Mehr: LINK

Mit: Nikola Staritz, Hobbykickerin, Politikwissenschafterin (fairplay & malmoe)
Mittwoch 28.09.2016, 17:00 Uhr
Frauenservie Graz, Lendplatz 38

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Foto via Falter

"Park Like a Girl"



"All this does is reinforce the stereotype that women are bad at parking." Have a look at Web Urbanist's wonderful collection of "pink ladies parking places" from around the world: LINK

Creative Enterprise Zones in London



London is planning to create "artist zones" in areas such as Hackney Wick and Peckham to protect artists against soaring rents. According to Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture, the ultimate solution is to ensure artists own their studios (Evening Standard).
“If you look at the average salary of an artist it’s about £10,000 a year. The average property price in London is about £600,000 a year. There is real pressure on affordability. We’re predicting we’ll lose 30 per cent of artist spaces in the next five years so that is a particular pressure area.” (Evening Standard)
Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture
“At the moment artists and creative people are like the advance party—they find the stranger, weird places that no one sees much value in, they bring them to life, the area becomes valuable and then they are priced out of the market. What we want to create is an area where creative people can put down roots and that would be a creative enterprise zone. That’s working with local authorities, developers with the creative community and residents. It’s putting a spotlight and a ring around an area.” (mental_floss)
Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture
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Photograph via Peckham Platform

SignAloud: Sign Language Gloves



"Two undergraduate students at the University of Washington have worked to invent a new way to communicate. Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor won a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize — a nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students — for their invention, SignAloud gloves, which can translate American Sign Language into speech or text. (...)

Each of the SignAloud gloves has sensors that record movement and gestures then transmit the info wirelessly to a central computer. The computer then looks at the data, and if it matches a gesture, then the associated word or phrase is spoken through a speaker." (Huffington Post)

Sirens Resort: Accessibility in Loutraki, Greece



"Sirens offers one of the best wheelchair travel experiences in the world. This Mediterranean resort is equipped with wheelchair accessible rooms throughout as well as showers that offer roll in access. The property features nice wide walkways that make navigation easy. It also has the distinction of being one of the only resorts in the world that offers direct access to the ocean. A ramp extends into the sea." (CurbFree)

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Photograph via Sirens Resort

Religiöse Vielfalt in Graz. Ein Spaziergang.



"Begegnungen mit verschiedstenen Religionen: ihre Geschichte und Gegenwart in Graz. Von christlichen Kirchen zur jüdischen Synagoge, vom buddhistischen Stupa zum muslimischen Gebetsraum - spirituelle Orte spiegeln gewachsene Glaubenswelten."

"Places and people of various faiths in Graz …Christian churches and a Jewish synagogue, a Buddhist stupa and Muslim prayer rooms … learn all about their past and present."

Dauer der Führung: 2 Stunden

Mehr: die graz guides
More: die graz guides

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Foto via Konferenz 2013

Improving Pathways to Transit for Persons with Disabilities



"Persons with disabilities can achieve greater freedom when they have full access to a variety of transit modes. Expanded access allows mobility and independence in their daily lives. But this can only be achieved when the pathways to transit – the infrastructure and conditions in the built environment – allow full access to transit stops, stations, and vehicles. (...) This research study explores, through case studies, efforts that have improved pathways to transit."

::: DOWNLOAD: Mineta Transportation Institute (2016) Improving Pathways to Transit for Persons with Disabilities, 116 pages

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Photograph via Wikipedia