How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?

What is this?

What is this?

We want to look at spaces, places, architecture and design with fresh eyes – yours.

An essential question around the HCMA studios is: "What's Possible?" For a street? A community plan? A pool? A school? A...home page?

We post images and questions that relate to discussions around the studio. If you see something that sparks your curiosity, tell us what you think. You can check out other people's contributions too by viewing all responses.

A single comment, a debate or a consensus could cause a shift, that shifts everything.

Welcome to the conversation.

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  1. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Personality
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    Simple Modern Designs
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    fire station
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    love
  5. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    collaborative design
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    fb
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    School
  8. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    protective service
  9. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by recognizing Indigenous history
  10. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    cycling
  11. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    keep cars out
  12. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more eye-catching murals; without the abstract 'wtf' bull.
  13. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more shelters; it's raincouver!!
  14. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more ramps
  15. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    love, man
  16. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Ensure we think of how to create a place to connect with our neighbours in the flesh since we seem to have lost our ability to really connect in our pursuit of acceptance with our 25 or 500 or 30,000,000 social media "friends".
  17. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Look to the private sector for their innovations in attracting people. Long tables, free Wifi and easy access to charging stations, gender neutral washrooms, friendly greetings for everyone, places of sharing. What makes a place a Third Place? our new porch or living room.
  18. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more contrast
  19. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Free food
  20. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    The pull from the pedestrian experience outside the building can draw people in, what is your building posture saying to the people outside?
  21. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    park
  22. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    transparency in design
  23. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    involve the community
  24. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    add japanese toilets
  25. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more rain cover.
  26. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    make it cool
  27. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    public dialogue
  28. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    bright color!
  29. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    educate the folk
  30. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by eliminating the border between inside & outside of the building.
  31. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    ART
  32. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    provide overhead canopies and shelter from the rain
  33. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Construct buildings or landmarks that compel people to interact with random people
  34. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    serving functional and emotional needs
  35. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    engagement
  36. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    colour
  37. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more trees and areas of wild natural growth (not obsessively maintained)
  38. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    be open minded and diverse in your own staffing/culture
  39. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    gender neutral everything! accessible main entrances! and facilitate homeless occupation after hours (welcome people don't chase them away)
  40. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    making them interactive
  41. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    gender neutral washrooms
  42. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Community interactions
  43. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    green space
  44. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    More group settings that are focused on have conversations.
  45. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Often spaces are designed for the look without thinking of aging adults and the needs for proper lighting, text size on signage, etc.
  46. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    universal design
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    Inclusiveness involves more than architectural design. It is a social phenomenon which depends heavily not only on the openness of design but the types of activities involved in the development and the range of social strata they are aimed for. As an example, a fully open, permeable, accessible development with high-end retails and fnb aiming at middle and upper class is not an inclusive public space, in the essential meaning of the word.
  48. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Easy accessible movement between buildings and public spaces, with clear wayfinding and inspiring design
  49. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Be more mindful of how color and texture affect EVERYONE
  50. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    public engagement sessions
  51. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Free ice cream
  52. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by good design!
  53. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    By not making inclusivity just about gender identity. Inclusivenss can be so much bigger and impactful if we look at all parts of the "inclusive umbrella" and not just the hot-button issues.
  54. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more unicorns
  55. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by including marginalized populations in the design/development process
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    color
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    flex space
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    Educate staff on concepts like sex vs. gender, gender identity vs. sexual orientation, and related terminology so that people have the language to talk about it. Could also create an identifier/sign/symbol that signals that the facility is a safe/welcoming space for LGBTQ2S (provided staff have been educated and there are clear policies and procedures that outline how to handle situations of discrimination or hate).
  59. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    open plazas
  60. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by changing our mindset with empathy.
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    Everyone loves a moment of interaction with green nature—inside and outside. Everyone enjoys those spaces that bring people together, connect, even sit and relax for a moment. Everyone needs to feel like they are welcome and belong. Designing with these ideas in mind, from varying and thoughtful use of materials, light, colour, furniture, landscaping, even sound, will do more than create spaces that are more inclusive, they will result in environments that make people feel happier, improve health, and last longer.
  62. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Gender neutral (non-binary) washrooms Parenting spaces including for breastfeeding
  63. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Free entry
  64. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Make people feel at home or welcome though visual elements, artwork, cultural cues etc
  65. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Find people from different cultures and at different ages in the community, and talk to as many of them as we can to understand their live and their visions.
  66. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    increase the greenery!
  67. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    When bathrooms are made for single occupants make them unisex, anybody can use.
  68. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Adequate quantity and distribution of single-occupancy washrooms within public buildings
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    Clear wayfinding
  70. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    ask artists for use input! too many 'multi purpose' buildings made poorly for the actual use ie: no sinks when they expect to have art classes. Or a dance (noise area) next to a quiet learning area.

We hope this experiment tilts perspectives and inspires curiosity and conversation about the built environment.

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