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?

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.

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  1. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Paul Fast
  2. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    parks
  3. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Think Green
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    landscape
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    shade, trees, water
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    Get woke
  7. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    listen & Share
  8. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    we should listen
  9. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    trees
  10. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    asking people
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    water
  12. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    hire
  13. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    removing physical walls
  14. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    make play a part of everyday life
  15. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    stade
  16. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    team
  17. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Turtle
  18. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    bison bits
  19. 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
  20. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    yep
  21. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    top-down idea with bottom-up approaches
  22. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    start from observing people
  23. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    project
  24. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    no gated communities
  25. 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
  26. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    this
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    d
  28. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    harness a sense of belonging + community
  29. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    open source design
  30. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    jasper
  31. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    ian
  32. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    create skateparks
  33. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    im not sure??
  34. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    open spaces
  35. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    By having more accessible public art.
  36. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    gh
  37. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    a better streetfront
  38. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    CAN I SEE THE AQUA TICS CENTER?
  39. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    free hugs
  40. 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
  41. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Start by educating your clients to be more inclusive
  42. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    No more Norman Doors
  43. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    community
  44. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    create cool vinyl decals that read "YOU BELONG"
  45. 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
  46. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    universal bathrooms
  47. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    utilize open spaces
  48. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    pedestrian friendly
  49. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    read Foucault
  50. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Choose the right location, add bold colors and fun activities
  51. 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.
  52. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Collaborate with diverse perspectives and experiences.
  53. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    utilize the pedestrian area - make it multipurpose
  54. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    good lighting, open spaces, accessbility
  55. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Hay bales
  56. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    better urban planning
  57. 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
  58. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    ramps
  59. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    play
  60. 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.
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    vote Dem
  62. 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
  63. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    basic addition of colors
  64. 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
  65. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    granville island
  66. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Watch Hell's Kitchen
  67. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    wow
  68. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Seats
  69. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Personality
  70. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Simple Modern Designs
  71. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    fire station
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    love
  73. 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
  76. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    protective service
  77. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by recognizing Indigenous history
  78. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    cycling
  79. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    keep cars out
  80. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more eye-catching murals; without the abstract 'wtf' bull.
  81. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more shelters; it's raincouver!!
  82. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more ramps
  83. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    love, man
  84. 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".
  85. 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.
  86. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more contrast
  87. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Free food
  88. 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?
  89. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    park
  90. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    transparency in design
  91. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    involve the community
  92. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    add japanese toilets
  93. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more rain cover.
  94. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    make it cool
  95. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    public dialogue
  96. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    bright color!
  97. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    educate the folk
  98. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by eliminating the border between inside & outside of the building.
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    ART
  100. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    provide overhead canopies and shelter from the rain
  101. 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
  102. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    serving functional and emotional needs
  103. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    engagement
  104. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    colour
  105. 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)
  106. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    be open minded and diverse in your own staffing/culture
  107. 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)
  108. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    making them interactive
  109. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    gender neutral washrooms
  110. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Community interactions
  111. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    green space
  112. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    More group settings that are focused on have conversations.
  113. 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.
  114. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    universal design
  115. 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.
  116. 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
  117. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Be more mindful of how color and texture affect EVERYONE
  118. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    public engagement sessions
  119. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Free ice cream
  120. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by good design!
  121. 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.
  122. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    more unicorns
  123. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by including marginalized populations in the design/development process
  124. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    color
  125. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    flex space
  126. 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).
  127. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    open plazas
  128. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    by changing our mindset with empathy.
  129. 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.
  130. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Gender neutral (non-binary) washrooms Parenting spaces including for breastfeeding
  131. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Free entry
  132. 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
  133. 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.
  134. 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.
  135. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    increase the greenery!
  136. 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
  137. How can we make buildings and public spaces more inclusive?
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    Clear wayfinding
  138. 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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