Built Environment

India: City Administration Plans to Establish Sensory Park

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, March 25 2021

The Chandigarh Smart City Limited will be coming up with a first-of-its-kind Sensory Park. In a tender floated by the Chandigarh Smart City Limited, the park will be developed at a cost of Rs 1.74 crore. These are specialised parks for all kinds of visitors, with special emphasis on children with disabilities,… Continue Reading »

Scotland: New ‘Housing to 2040’ Strategy to Focus on Improved Accessible Housing

Built Environment, Europe, March 18 2021

Graphic art comprising of a row of homes. Infront of them are two children running, a parent walking with their child and a woman carrying her baby stroller.

SCOTLAND: Plans for a new legal requirement for all homes in Scotland to meet quality and accessibility standards has been included in a major national housing strategy, published today. The new Housing Standard, applying to all tenures, is an important element of Housing to 2040, which sets out the path for… Continue Reading »

Berlin Introduces Pedestrian Law Putting a Greater Focus on Inclusive Pedestrian First Mobility

Built Environment, Europe, Transportation, February 15 2021

Photo of a traffic signal

GERMANY: Berlin has introduced a law elevating the status of pedestrians and making its mobility ecosystem more usable for wheelchair users and the visually impaired. The so-called ‘pedestrian law’– an amendment of the city’s 2018 Mobility Act – was passed by the state parliament at the end of January and is the first… Continue Reading »

UK: New Research Update Provides Forecast for Accessible Homes

Built Environment, Europe, January 20 2021

Older person looking out of the window

UK: The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has called on the UK government to make a series of changes to make housing more accessible for those with limited mobility, as well as more adaptable as their needs change with age. The committee recently published a report, which outlines a… Continue Reading »

Iceland: New Fund to Support Accessible Businesses

Built Environment, Europe, January 20 2021

Children skating down a ramp

ICELAND: A new accessibility fund will provide financial support to Reykjavík businesses who want to increase the accessibility of their establishments. The fund was spearheaded by entrepreneur Haraldur Þorleifsson in collaboration with city authorities. Founder of design company Ueno, which was recently purchased by Twitter, Haraldur is a wheelchair user himself… Continue Reading »

Beaches in Vietnam’s Da Nang City to Incorporate Accessible Entrances

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Tourism, December 10 2020

People at the My Khe Beach in Da Nang City.

VIETNAM: Entrances accessible to ambulant disabled people will be created in beaches along Da Nang City’s 30-km coastline, the city’s authorities said on Sunday. The work to install 24 such entrances at popular tourist beaches on Vo Nguyen Giap, Hoang Sa, Truong Sa, and Nguyen Tat Thanh streets was approved at… Continue Reading »

Canada to Develop a New Accessible Homes Standard

Americas, Built Environment, November 24 2020

CANADA: The federal government, through the National Housing Strategy (NHS) delivered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is providing $190,000 in funding to the CSA Group to support research and develop a national standard for affordable, adaptable, and accessible homes across the country. “Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to… Continue Reading »

New Taipei Builds Baseball Fields for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, November 22 2020

Image of a baseball field

TAIWAN: The city of New Taipei will open Taiwan’s first baseball and softball fields designed for people with disabilities at a riverside park in Shulin District on Sunday (Nov. 22), according to a city official. The city built the accessible fields in Lujiaoxi riverside park to cater to the growing number… Continue Reading »

Ontario Human Rights Commission Issues Statement on Accessible Housing

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, November 22 2020

CANADA: While the COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the need for safe housing, Ontarians with disabilities have always lived with the harsh reality that their housing choices are extremely limited, chronically inaccessible and often substandard and unsafe. One in seven Ontarians have a disability. Yet, Ontarians with disabilities routinely face discriminatory… Continue Reading »

Buildings, Transport to be Made More Accessible in Punjab, India

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, November 21 2020

INDIA: The Punjab Cabinet today approved the ‘Punjab Divyangjan Shaktikaran Yojana’ to provide a barrier-free environment to persons with disabilities by making government and public-centric buildings, public transportation and websites accessible to them. The Punjab Cabinet today approved the ‘Punjab Divyangjan Shaktikaran Yojana’ to provide a barrier-free environment to persons with… Continue Reading »


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