Inclusive landscapes and the role of the street furniture
The CPD from Vestre in November 2021 considered the needs of users of the external environment in terms of accessibility and inclusivity. These wide-ranging requirements must be met if truly sustainable facilities are to be provided, where everyone can thrive. Encompassing social, environmental, and physical aspects, this is a vast subject that requires consideration at both a broader level and also a focus on the detailed needs of specific user groups. The information provided enables designers and managers to ensure they are acting in accordance with the requirements of BS8300-1:2018 and The Equality Act 2010.
In the simplest of ways, a bench offers so much for both the physical and mental wellbeing of many communities, including the potential to combat the modern-day epidemic of loneliness. Yet this one element is also often considered a blight and magnet for anti-social behaviour. Current issues around the provision of furniture, such as hostile design and other measures that increase broader inequalities in public spaces (for instance around gender), were also considered, along with proposals to counter these.
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