How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?

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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?

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  1. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Through scope for personalisation
  2. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    low barriers
  3. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    CAREER
  4. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    wider sidewalks and places to sit
  5. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Hire young architects with big ideas
  6. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by creating events.
  7. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    fun food culture areas in painted alley ways
  8. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    giant bubbles
  9. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    biophilia
  10. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by making people inclusive
  11. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Continuous weather protection appropriate for a raincoast city.
  12. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Design the best
  13. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Keeping them green
  14. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    make spaces welcoming to homelews and even drug users!
  15. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Combine them with social programs to help house the homeless, create community-based employment for the unemployed and treat addiction. Buildings cannot change the world, but can only house those who sincerely want to better the world.
  16. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    people
  17. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    better lighting
  18. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    universal change
  19. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    make them playful
  20. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    rain friendly
  21. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Public buildings should be welcoming in design. However one should not overlook vigilante's that look exploit. How can a junkie co-mingle or share space with an aristocrat?
  22. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Gender neutral everything
  23. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    BUILDINGS
  24. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    hand out rainbow freezies
  25. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    low to no cost
  26. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    gymnasium
  27. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    By making them accessible, transparent, open the the public
  28. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    blurring the two
  29. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more small gathering spaces
  30. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    open access to all
  31. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    make them accessible
  32. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Open
  33. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Accessibility x Acceptability = Inclusiveness
  34. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Don't let the fire department control the outcome too much
  35. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    improve accessibility for people with disabilities
  36. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Greater consideration of the experience of the user.
  37. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    More patios so that people can feel the energy of people having a good time. The weather here allows for so much patio time.
  38. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Public interactive art
  39. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Add colour. As a newcomer to Van, I've noticed that people in here have a problem with depression with it being so grey. Buildings and public spaces shouldn't also be grey. Take a look at how colourful places like Europe are :) Blossoming, colourful, and interesting architecture.
  40. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    No walls
  41. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more events!
  42. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more open spaces downtown
  43. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    PUBLIC ART
  44. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by asking people of as many ages, abilities and cultural groups what THEY NEED to be comfortable in these spaces - then including these perspectives in our designed solutions
  45. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    cultural activities
  46. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    ask the diverse public what they want to see
  47. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    open them up, rethink the door and the wall and how these interact with the street
  48. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Plan/design the public realm/ spaces first and then the built environment, not the other way around. Start with basic wayfinding principles first, not have to plunk on (often illegible) signs after everything else has been decided. Create an exciting iconic building sure but make sure that the first time visitor can understand the building and easily find the entrance without relying on signs.
  49. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    take down the walls
  50. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    human scale
  51. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Make them alive.
  52. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    make them welcoming
  53. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    wheelchair accessible areas
  54. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Acknowledge marginalized peoples' experiences and use that information.
  55. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Accessibility means inclusivity - more welcoming, fun, and educational spaces will hopefully encourage interaction, play, understanding, and awareness.
  56. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Perhaps replacing concrete with windows and glass material whenever possible (and doing so safely)
  57. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    design buildings that portray the cultural values of the area, create public spaces that you stumble onto (streets, small parkettes). As soon as you add stores, it becomes a place for people who can spend money.
  58. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    AFFORDABLE
  59. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Ask public about them before building them.
  60. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    user friendly
  61. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Stop excluding people
  62. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Stop having security remove people
  63. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    no idea
  64. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    suitable for living
  65. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    with kindness
  66. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    walk ability
  67. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    adapt for all ages
  68. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    integrated social areas
  69. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    open up
  70. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    conversation seating
  71. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    hospitality
  72. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more green space
  73. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    make them fun!!
  74. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Make them safe, lit, visible
  75. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    people before cars
  76. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Remove walls, build bridges
  77. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    yasssss rainbow stripes everywhere!
  78. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    By opening them up to the public
  79. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    focus on human scale design
  80. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    embrace brown skin
  81. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Universal Design :)
  82. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    making people want to go there
  83. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Make them accessible for people. A few of the ways I think cities can do this, is to incorporate more pedestrian-only areas, build in more active transportation (less car-centric), and more engaging public art.
  84. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    thinking about the human being who will use it
  85. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by creating places for people that are welcoming and encourage communication
  86. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    attractive common spaces with greenery, wheel-chair accessible, simple and clear signage for the vision impaired
  87. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    green spaces outside and seating hubs inside that encourage people to gather
  88. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more light
  89. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Nature! - as much as possible
  90. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    accessibility, focus on the experience, positive energy
  91. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    design for the disabled too!
  92. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    parks
  93. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Think Green
  94. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    landscape
  95. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    shade, trees, water
  96. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Get woke
  97. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    listen & Share
  98. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    we should listen
  99. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    trees
  100. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    asking people
  101. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    water
  102. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    removing physical walls
  103. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    make play a part of everyday life
  104. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    visual connection, inviting design, offering a feeling of security and belonging
  105. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    top-down idea with bottom-up approaches
  106. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    start from observing people
  107. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    no gated communities
  108. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    do not use a one size fits all approach to building standards
  109. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    harness a sense of belonging + community
  110. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    open source design
  111. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    jasper
  112. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    create skateparks
  113. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    im not sure??
  114. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    open spaces
  115. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    By having more accessible public art.
  116. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    a better streetfront
  117. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    CAN I SEE THE AQUA TICS CENTER?
  118. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    free hugs
  119. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    with better public engagement, that reflects the diversity in our communities
  120. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Start by educating your clients to be more inclusive
  121. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    No more Norman Doors
  122. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    community
  123. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    create cool vinyl decals that read "YOU BELONG"
  124. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    By creating collaborative work spaces so diverse companies can bring their expertise to create sustainable solutions together
  125. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    universal bathrooms
  126. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    utilize open spaces
  127. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    pedestrian friendly
  128. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    read Foucault
  129. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Choose the right location, add bold colors and fun activities
  130. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by establishing more elements that can magnetize people in going into the park such as foodtrucks, park benches, interactive activities and etc.
  131. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Collaborate with diverse perspectives and experiences.
  132. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    utilize the pedestrian area - make it multipurpose
  133. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    good lighting, open spaces, accessbility
  134. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Hay bales
  135. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    better urban planning
  136. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    gardens have people be able to plant things, pick fruit, suggest improvements, share skills
  137. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    ramps
  138. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    play
  139. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Get people ingaged with the space, create affordances. Make people play as they go about there everyday life and hobbies.
  140. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    vote Dem
  141. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Not sections of seating, so that groups of people can't congregate in one area with people only of which they know/are similar to
  142. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    basic addition of colors
  143. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    share spaces rather than create separate spaces for each of us
  144. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    granville island
  145. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Watch Hell's Kitchen
  146. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    wow
  147. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Seats
  148. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Personality
  149. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Simple Modern Designs
  150. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    fire station
  151. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    love
  152. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    collaborative design
  153. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    fb
  154. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    School
  155. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    protective service
  156. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by recognizing Indigenous history
  157. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    cycling
  158. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    keep cars out
  159. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more eye-catching murals; without the abstract 'wtf' bull.
  160. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more shelters; it's raincouver!!
  161. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more ramps
  162. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    love, man
  163. 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".
  164. 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.
  165. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more contrast
  166. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Free food
  167. 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?
  168. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    park
  169. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    transparency in design
  170. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    involve the community
  171. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    add japanese toilets
  172. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more rain cover.
  173. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    make it cool
  174. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    public dialogue
  175. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    bright color!
  176. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    educate the folk
  177. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by eliminating the border between inside & outside of the building.
  178. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    ART
  179. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    provide overhead canopies and shelter from the rain
  180. 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
  181. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    serving functional and emotional needs
  182. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    engagement
  183. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    colour
  184. 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)
  185. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    be open minded and diverse in your own staffing/culture
  186. 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)
  187. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    making them interactive
  188. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    gender neutral washrooms
  189. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Community interactions
  190. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    green space
  191. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    More group settings that are focused on have conversations.
  192. 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.
  193. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    universal design
  194. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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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.
  195. 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
  196. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Be more mindful of how color and texture affect EVERYONE
  197. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    public engagement sessions
  198. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Free ice cream
  199. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by good design!
  200. 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.
  201. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more unicorns
  202. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by including marginalized populations in the design/development process
  203. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    color
  204. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    flex space
  205. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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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).
  206. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    open plazas
  207. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by changing our mindset with empathy.
  208. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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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.
  209. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Gender neutral (non-binary) washrooms Parenting spaces including for breastfeeding
  210. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Free entry
  211. 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
  212. 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.
  213. 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.
  214. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    increase the greenery!
  215. 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
  216. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Clear wayfinding
  217. 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.

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