• Built Environment

    UK Faces Accessible Housing Crisis – Only 7% of Homes Deemed Accessible

    ENGLAND: Controversy rang out in November 2018 when the Home Builders Federation objected to councils across England wanting to increase the number of homes with universal home designed centered around accessibility. Organizations such as Age UK and the Centre for Ageing Better and Disability Rights UK released reports stating that only 7% of homes classify as… Continue Reading »

    Central Americans with Disabilities in Tijuana (Mexico)

    MEXICO: Carlos Ríos Espinosa, Senior Researcher and Advocate with the Disability Rights Division of Human Rights Watch published an article on December 20th, 2018 called ‘Life With a Disability in the Migrant Caravan‘ With the agreement between the United States and Mexico governments, known as “Remain in Mexico,” asylum seekers are placed at risk of becoming victims… Continue Reading »

    WHO Issues Guidelines on Housing and Health

    INTERNATIONAL: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on housing and human health, outlining minimum requirements for space, lighting, air quality, water quality, noise, accessibility and other aspects. The guidelines highlight the potential contribution of improved housing to achieving SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing) and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).   For… Continue Reading »

    Chennai’s Largest Disabled-Friendly Children’s Park is Open to the Public

    CHENNAI, INDIA: From therapeutic walkways with different textures to a raised sand pit for wheelchair users, Chennai’s largest inclusive park has much to offer. The Infinity Park, built by the Greater Chennai Municipal Corporation under the Smart Cities project, was opened to the public on Monday to a rapturous reaction. The park is located at San Thome over a sprawling area… Continue Reading »

    Plans to Make Alleppy South India’s First Disabled Friendly Beach

    ALLEPEY, INDIA: Alleppey, a small town located in Kerala is all set to become South India’s first disabled-friendly and accessible beach. Popularly known as Venice of the East, Alleppey is surrounded by plush greens and serene backwaters. Alleppey also boasts of many beaches in and around the town. On the opening day, people with disabilities were seen… Continue Reading »

    DX Announces Boundless: A Post-Secondary Challenge

    ONTARIO, CANADA: Design Exchange, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, announces its 7th annual post secondary design challenge. This provincial, post secondary design challenge seeks to explore design that is accessible to the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of age, ability, across all design disciplines. The Concept This year,… Continue Reading »

    App Helps Achieve SDGs 11, 12 by Improving Sustainability of Housing Projects

    NEW YORK, USA: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the One Planet Network have launched an app to help improve the sustainability of new housing projects and increase the affordability of green housing. The SHERPA for Sustainable Housing Projects app was developed with the recognition that housing is an essential component of sustainable urbanization,… Continue Reading »

    Global Forum on Human Settlements Calls for Urban Innovation to Achieve SDG 11, NUA

    BANGKOK, THAILAND: Participants at the 2018 Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) have committed to support sustainable and resilient cities through innovation, green growth and policies that maximize the benefits of local actions and help achieve the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). GFHS 2018, which convened from 30-31 October 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand,… Continue Reading »

    A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

    OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA: 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. In June 2018, the federal government tabled the Accessible Canada Act, a means to ensure equality, inclusion, and full participation in society for… Continue Reading »