Public Buildings

Barry Joshua Grisdale visits Nezu Museum in Tokyo’s Minami-Aoyama district.

Inclusive Tokyo: Josh’s take on barrier-free Nezu Museum

Tokyo's Nezu Museum, with its lush gardens, is a popular destination for city dwellers and foreign visitors seeking a tranquil spot to escape the din of the capital ...
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The main lobby at SIbley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

5 Ways Hospitals Will Change in Next Decade

How innovations and technologies could revolutionize patient care ...
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Rendering of the Hampton Inn by Hilton

Hampton by Hilton, expected to be the first isUD Certified Hotel Nears Completion

Uniland Development Corporation is close to completing the construction of a new Hampton by Hilton hotel in Amherst, New York. The Hampton by Hilton is expected to become the first hotel in ...
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Peasant and the Nest Robber (1568) with gesture-controlled multimedia guide at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

How to make museums more accessible for disabled people? Ask them

Research groups have designed new technologies and initiatives for the V&A, Kunsthistorisches Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza ...
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Individuals looking at a computer

Six Ways Accessibility Will Impact Businesses And Website Design In The Future

Most people take websites for granted. They pay bills, book flights and download white papers online with relative ease. But not everyone assumes that digital tools are designed with them ...
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3d render, pink stairs, steps, abstract background in pastel colors, fashion podium, minimal scene, architectural block, design element

Why Is Accessibility Still A Problem? What Can We Do About It?

How can a new public building, designed from the ground up and approved by multiple layers of authority be so ostentatiously inaccessible? Disabled people in particular were outraged, but not ...
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Lovely Hunter's Point Library

Lovely Hunter’s Point Library is actually lacking in terms of universal design

A much-lauded new library in New York City's Long Island City district designed by Steven Holl Architects might have serious shortcomings when it comes to accessibility and universal design ...
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New universal design program aims to push socially responsible design into standard practice

The University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center), a world-recognized pioneer in the field, hopes to push universal design into standard practice with a new ...
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Newly-installed tactile brain model located in the Anatomy and Pathology Gallery at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland. The interactive model was produced by TouchGraphics Inc.


"The museum is dedicated to developing inclusive experiences for all visitors by providing accessible programming and features. We seek to enhance the visitor experience by designing tours and exhibits that ...
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Illustration of an eye

A New Way to See: Looking at museums through the eyes of the blind

In the twenty-first century era of inclusivity, museums are working towards making the visitor experience a more positive and unique one, as part of efforts to increase the number of ...
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Assisted Travel Lounge

Access for All: assisted travel lounge opens in Birmingham

A dedicated assisted travel lounge has opened at Birmingham New Street station in our latest effort for our Access for All Programme ...
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Airport section perspective annotation

Designing Inclusive and Gender-Neutral Restrooms

There are many reasons to implement all-gender restrooms in facilities, regardless of whether they’re single-user or multi-user designs ...
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Installation view of “Access+Ability,” a recent exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum that featured 70 works of inclusive design.

How America’s individualistic streak shaped design for disability

DIY innovators, and consumer products, have had to fill gaps in policy ...
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Geography undergraduate student Cole Anderson poses for a portrait in the skyway between Blegen Hall and the Social Sciences Building on Thursday, April 18. Anderson's geography classes are in Blegen Hall and his advisor's office is in the Social Sciences Building, but he can't use the skyway because there aren't automated push plates to open the doors.

Day-to-day life differs for those with disabilities at the University

While advocates have made progress, some students feel the University still isn't equipped to support their needs ...
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The new Sinsen Metro station in Oslo.

Right Under Your Nose: Universal Design in Norway

Universal design has been part of Norway’s national policies and strategies for more than 15 years and is preferred to the traditional approach of accessibility for people with disabilities in ...
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Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art created an art therapy programme called Artful.

Designing Museum Programmes for People with Dementia

Cultural institutions such as museums have an important role to play in dementia awareness and education. They can also serve as safe spaces and can run a variety of activities ...
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The campus of Gallaudet University is shown on Monday, May 8, 2006 in Washington. The newly chosen president of Gallaudet University, the nation's only liberal arts college for the deaf, faced student protests and a possible faculty no-confidence vote Monday in a dispute that she said comes down to whether she is "deaf enough" for the job.

How to Design a Better City for Deaf People

Lighting, sound-deflecting surfaces, big spaces—all of these elements can influence a deaf person’s ability to communicate. DeafSpace design considers it all ...
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Rendering of the Cincinnati Art Museum's New Ramp

Cincinnati Art Museum Looks Toward Accessibility with a New Front Entrance Ramp

The Cincinnati Art Museum will begin construction on a new front entrance ramp this week. The ramp comes as an addition to the DeWitt entrance, an accessible entrance at the ...
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Multi-sensory display in museum

Making Museums Accessible to Visually Impaired Visitors

Museums have a duty to cater to people with a wide range of needs and this includes visually impaired people. This is not a small section of society and it ...
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Young boy with large headphones and holding a microphone, smiling

Making the Museum Autism Friendly

People with autism can find busy, crowded environments difficult. This means that a visit to a museum at peak time could be challenging. During these times there are lots of ...
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The garden at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

How design can make the world more accessible to everyone

From my office overlooking Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in the Carnegie Mansion in New York City, I can see the daily flow of visitors from all walks of life ...
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Man in wheelchair using a tape measure to measure the height of a table

A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

Canada has received a wake-up call in recent months about the urgent need to remove physical barriers in the built environment and improve accessibility for people of all abilities ...
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How One Advocate is Pushing For Accessibility In The City’s Museums

“The world was never made for people who are sitting down full time,” experiential designer Ben Baker says. “The world was made for people who walk. Everywhere you go, there’s ...
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Focus group participants react to precedent symbols and messaging. A green dot indicates a positive reaction, red indicates a negative reaction

Designing an Inclusive, Effective All-Gender Restroom Symbol

As designers, we’re always trying to embrace and understand shifts in modern society. One consistent example we encounter is managing identification signage for toilet facilities, specifically the all-gender restroom ...
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The new Gateway Arch Museum in St. Louis

Cooper Robertson emphasizes Universal Design in new Gateway Arch Museum

In redesigning the Gateway Arch Museum that opened in July,  made it a priority to integrate Universal Design, which goes beyond ADA regulations to create buildings that can be equally accessible to people ...
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Inclusive Design: Students, Families and Staff Working Together

Inclusive Design provides a way to challenge persistent gaps faced by marginalized students while holding high expectations for all. It simultaneously supports innovation, creativity, global citizenship and helps students use ...
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"Special Olympics at 50" is now on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington

Smithsonian Puts Spotlight On Special Olympics

With a new exhibit, the Smithsonian Institution is highlighting how athletics have helped to dramatically change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities over the last 50 years ...
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A rendering of the Hampton by Hilton hotel planned for a site near Amherst’s Northtown Center. The Amherst IDA on Friday approved tax breaks for the $14.4 million hotel by Uniland Development Co.

$1.15 million in tax breaks approved for hotel at Amherst’s Northtown Center

New Uniland Development Company hotel in Amherst, New York, will incorporate innovative solutions for Universal Design(isUD™). Supported by extensive evidence from research and practice, isUD™ includes both tried and true ideas and cutting-edge ...
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Lobby of 100 Broadview Avenue in Toronto, a residential conversion designed by Quadrangle with human-centred principles and universal access.

Shouldn’t All Design be Human-Centred?

Currently, the various cousins and alter-egos of universal design remain in the realm of selected advocates. For many architects and designers, this is considered a “speciality” area of design, pursued ...
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Targets new "All Inclusive Bathroom".

Inclusive Bathrooms: Let’s Start Talking About It

Just a few short months ago, it seemed as though the whole world was in an uproar about Target and their “All inclusive/transgender/ bi-sexual/gay bathroom” policy. People were talking about ...
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The Museum of disABILITY History, documenting those with disabilities from ancient times to the present, and how they lived and were treated through history, located at 3826 Main St., in Buffalo.

Museum of DisABILITY History

Museum of disABILITY History gives a historical look at the treatment and aids developed over the centuries for the physically and mentally disabled ...
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Students from Gann Academy in Waltham presenting an exhibit they created on the history of people with disabilities

The History of Disability Was To Hide It, But Waltham Students Bring It To Light

There were no tests on the syllabus. There was no homework, per se. In this unique course at Gann Academy in Waltham, the task was to create a museum-worthy exhibit ...
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A blind individual with a walking stick, walking with a friend, in a building with inclusive design features

Access All Areas: Designing Spaces and Places for Diverse Sensory Needs

For those with specific sensory experiences — from deafness and blindness to autism — the design of spaces can help or hinder. Increasingly, architects and clients are working together to ...
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A Montreal bakery in its city's design competition used plywood finishes with paint dusting to resemble floor, repurposed thrift store furniture and handwritten signs to connect with its neighborhood customers.

Design Core Detroit Competition to Recognize ‘Inclusive Design’

Design Core Detroit is licensing a design competition for commercial businesses from the city of Montreal to recognize "inclusive design" that's created spaces that are welcoming to all in Detroit ...
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fashionable prosthetic leg display at the Cooper Hewitt Museum

Bringing Accessible Design to More People Than Ever

NewsHour Weekend's talks to New York City's Digital Accessibility Coordinator about the importance of accessible design and tours an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum that highlights these ...
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George Wurtzel in his workshop at Enchanted Hills Camp

In Napa, a blind woodworker makes art accessible for everybody

This haptic gallery is Enchanted Hills Camp’s Tactile Art Center, and it’s the brainchild of George, who lost his sight when he was very young ...
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Accessibility signage

Who Benefits from Accessible Infrastructure

Seniors, strollers, suitcases — it’s not just disabled people who use accessible infrastructure. Policy-makers need to reframe and broaden the conversation ...
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Boys working on computers

From ADA compliance to universal design: Creating accessible training

Companies often consider diversity in recruitment and hiring, but training must be inclusive, too ...
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Ebay Headquarters

Creating a Company Culture that Promotes Accessibility

At eBay, we take digital accessibility very seriously. We strive to create a company culture that promotes it and focuses on action ...
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Cool Blind Tech Logo

First Museum To Host A Major Tactile Exhibit Designed To Include Blind And Low-Vision Visitors

Developed with generous support from the National Federation of the Blind and Nikon, the Newseum is the first museum in the United States to host a major tactile exhibit designed to include blind and ...
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Google’s office on 8th Avenue in Manhattan, with people sitting.

Google’s new plan to create more accessible offices

A holistic approach to universal design wants to make the work space better for all ...
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Chris Cieslak leading a tour of the former Carnegie Library space.

Historic Library to Children’s Lab and an Air Quality Update

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hosted the September Partner Meeting for Pittsburgh 2030 District participants. Attendees learned about the Museum’s current efficiency efforts and their renovation of the former Carnegie Library ...
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How modern hospitals recognize the impact of design on health

Modern advances in hospital design anticipate and accommodate changes in technology and practice while bolstering the case for healthier patients through better spaces ...
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The lush courtyard of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, a 590-bed facility in Yishun, Singapore

How to build a hospital for the people

A lush setting, natural light and ventilation, a comfortable environment, and adaptable staff are what have made Singapore’s Khoo Teck Puat Hospital a special place to get better, architect Jerry ...
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Individual walking their two dogs on the outside of the San Francisco Civic Center. He appears to be one of the few on the outside of the building that is one of the liveliest public spaces on the inside.

Designing a More Inclusive City

Over the years, public seating has been removed from virtually the entire city. While this anti-homelessness strategy has given way a little with the emergence of the city’s many parklets, ...
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people touring the historic Carnegie Library

Historic Library to Children’s Lab

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hosted the September Partner Meeting for Pittsburgh 2030 District participants. Attendees learned about the Museum’s current efficiency efforts and their renovation of the former Carnegie Library ...
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courtyard of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Yishun, Singapore

How to build a hospital for the people

A lush setting, natural light and ventilation, a comfortable environment, and adaptable staff are what have made Singapore’s Khoo Teck Puat Hospital a special place to get better, architect Jerry ...
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Designing Calgary To Be Accessible For All

Most people don’t think twice about walking down a narrow hall or up a few stairs, but for people with physical disabilities, these small design elements can turn into impassable ...
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lobby of building with high ceilings

Health care design for boomers and beyond

As more boomers enter the senior generation, the planning and design community continues to seek ways to design health care and wellness facilities for this significant cohort. This is challenging ...
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Easter Seals House NL

Universal Design Example – Easter Seals House NL

The following are pictorial examples of universal design features in a public space, namely Easter Seals House NL. Note the various elements of universal design, from lowered counters and sinks ...
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Austin’s Draft Smart City Strategic Roadmap

Adding Accessibility and Inclusion into Austin’s Smart Cities Strategic Roadmap

How purposefully inclusive smart city platforms can solve big city problems…like social and economic inequity ...
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person walking in a hallway with others siting the background
Recreation: A younger gentleman walking with an older man in the park
Public Buildings: aerial view of city buildings
Streets: people crossing an intersection
Housing: exterior view of a suburban house
Transportation: close up of dangling handles on a bus