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Do gardens matter? The role of residential outdoor space

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This 16-pp, full-colour, fully-illustrated brochure provides: an introduction to I’DGO and I’DGO TOO; a brief overview of all I’DGO findings to date; and an in-depth look at the aims, methodology and progress of current research into the implications of high-density urban housing for residential outdoor space. Hard copies are available on request.

Research 11/03/10 Add icon
Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

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This 16-pp, full-colour, fully-illustrated brochure provides: an introduction to I’DGO and I’DGO TOO; a brief overview of all I’DGO findings to date; and an in-depth look at the aims, methodology and mid-term progress of current research into the effect of ‘shared space’ neighbourhoods on older people’s activity patterns and wellbeing. Hard copies are available on request.

Research 11/03/10 Add icon
Tactile paving design, siting and laying

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This 16-pp, full-colour, fully-illustrated brochure provides an in-depth look at the aims and methodology of recent I'DGO research by the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre into the potential impact of tactile paving on older adults’ mobility, risk of falling and quality of life. Published at the project's mid-term point (March 2010), it should be read in companion with the findings and recommendations from the research, DSOPM003: Tactile Paving, which was published by I'DGO in September 2012 and is also available via the Transport Advice Portal.

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The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind

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The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind is a toolkit for those who plan, design and maintain the public realm. It can be used by everyone, for all sorts of reasons, to assess the ‘walkability’ of their local neighbourhood and the wider built environment. Documents summarise, and complement, related policy and guidance by the four UK governments, local authorities and interest groups. There are guides to all aspects of footways, including a stand-alone guide on tactile paving, to seating, to bus stops and shelters, to pedestrian crossings and to various other aspects of the public realm, including signage, public toilets, street art and street greenery.

Secondary Doc. 10/06/07 Add icon
Lifelong Access to Parks and Public Open Spaces

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Lifelong Access to Parks and Public Open Spaces is a guidance document, in six parts, for those who plan, design and maintain neighbourhood parks and other urban public spaces. It is based on research undertaken during the first phase of I'DGO, which ran from 2003-2006, and represents the views of over 570 older people (aged 65+). It incorporates an illustrated table of ‘place attributes that work’, which details how everyday features of open spaces − from things to look at to seating and paths − can be made more accessible and inviting to older people, enabling them to spend more time outdoors. It also addresses routes to and from open spaces and hence the ‘walkability’ of neighbourhoods.

Secondary Doc. 10/06/07 Add icon
Why does the outdoor environment matter?

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If an older person cannot get out and about locally, they are at risk of becoming a ‘prisoner in their own home’. This four-page, full-colour booklet gives an overview of all I'DGO One and I'DGO TOO research findings on why getting outdoors matters to older people and what key features of the environment help or hinder them in doing so, day-to-day. The text addresses how the design of gardens, streets, neighbourhoods and open spaces can make a difference to older people’s wellbeing and quality of life, covering topics such as: tactile paving; intelligent road crossings; ‘DIY’ and other shared space streets; residential outdoor space; access to neighbourhood green space; the provision of bus stops and shelters; and footpath design and maintenance. It also includes key messages and implications for professionals and policy makers, short notes on sample size and methodology and details of the research team and its partners.

Research 26/04/12 Add icon
DSOPM001: Seating

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This I’DGO design guidance relates to public seating in streets and neighbourhoods. It was originally published (electronically) in 2007 and was updated (in print and online) in September 2012. It is part of The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind; a toolkit for those who plan, design and maintain the public realm. It can be used as an aid to assessing the ‘walkability‘ of local neighbourhoods, particularly with regards to the provision of comfort facilities to break up the pedestrian journey. The guidance is based on the views of over 200 older people, street audits and key sources of existing UK guidance. It includes advice on how much seating is sufficient, the effective positioning of seating on the footway and the most suitable styles and materials for public seating.

Secondary Doc. 06/09/12 Add icon
DSOPM002: Bus Stops & Shelters

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This I’DGO design guidance relates to bus stops and shelters. It was originally published (electronically) in 2007 and was updated (in print and online) in September 2012. It is part of The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind; a toolkit for those who plan, design and maintain the public realm. It can be used as an aid to assessing how easy it is to access one of the most effective forms of public transport for keeping older people mobile, socially connected and less susceptible to loneliness and isolation. The guidance is based on the views of over 200 older people, street audits and key sources of existing UK guidance. It includes advice on the provision, location and positioning of bus stops, their overall size and type and their detailing (material, seating, lighting and signage).

Secondary Doc. 06/09/12 Add icon
DSOPM003: Tactile Paving

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This I’DGO design guidance relates to relates to tactile paving. It was first published (in print and online) in September 2012. It is part of The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind; a toolkit for those who plan, design and maintain the public realm. It can be used as an aid to assessing the ‘walkability‘ of local neighbourhoods, particularly with regards to the safety and comfort of footways. The guidance is based on the views of over 1,400 pedestrians, street audits, laboratory tests and key sources of existing UK guidance. It includes advice on the siting, laying and maintenance of blister and corduroy paving, including which colours and materials to specify.

Secondary Doc. 06/09/12 Add icon
DSOPM004: Pedestrian Crossings

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This I’DGO design guidance relates to relates to pedestrian crossings. It was first published (in print and online) in July 2013 and launched at the annual conference of the Local Government Association. It is part of The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind; a toolkit for those who plan, design and maintain the public realm. It can be used as an aid to assessing the ‘walkability‘ of local neighbourhoods, particularly with regards to pedestrian safety and comfort. The guidance is based on the views over 1,600 pedestrians, street audits and key sources of existing UK guidance. It includes advice on providing accessible crossing amenities that send out a consistent message to all users and flags the importance of raising awareness among pedestrians as to how crossings work and why.

Secondary Doc. 02/07/13 Add icon
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