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What makes a building accessible for you?

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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.

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  1. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Its connection to a well designed network of bike lanes and walkways, as far away as possible from cars.
  2. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    A warm welcome
  3. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Designed to meet the needs of those who have the most difficulty accessing spaces, while also making things easier for everyone.
  4. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Entrances at grade
  5. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    warm
  6. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    employs deafspace principles
  7. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    a slide
  8. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Ease of movement.
  9. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    natural light, space to sit, washrooms, inviting open space, art, plants
  10. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    gender neutral washrooms
  11. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    wifi
  12. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    seamless inclusion
  13. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    easy to locate
  14. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    A dark mystery that begs to be opened. Pandora's box.
  15. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    offices
  16. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Carbon Responsibility
  17. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Warm and friendly space, nice to look at, sustainable, consistent temperature, space to move around with prams and wheelchairs. Overall excellent design.
  18. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    children's area
  19. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    wheelchair ramp
  20. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    spaces to sit
  21. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Nice flooring!
  22. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Human pathfinding
  23. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Form
  24. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Easily reachable by public transit and ideally by bicycle - which also means that there are bike racks available and not overflowing. Ideally, the bike racks are interesting and contribute to the overall feel of the space. Having a little station for filling tires or repairs would also be nice. Free public lockers (that actually lock) that you can use while you're there.
  25. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    natural lighting
  26. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    friendly people
  27. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Its welcoming ambiance of connecting with nature and its surroundings.
  28. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    good accessible for people with mobility issues. ramps and elevators
  29. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    community
  30. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    public, gender neutral washrooms; clear way-finding.
  31. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    ample bike parking
  32. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Elevators
  33. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    washrooms
  34. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    amenities
  35. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    brightness, openness, and warmth
  36. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    safe place to dry wet bike gear
  37. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    stroller accessibility
  38. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    universality
  39. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    permeability
  40. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    help desk
  41. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    lighting
  42. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    clear signage
  43. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    light, people, design ecofriendly buildings, plants
  44. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    knowing where to go
  45. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    I'm a burglar so I just need a crowbar and a bag for all your loot.
  46. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    keys
  47. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    the door
  48. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Transparency. A friendly face greeting me.
  49. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    when it's accessable.
  50. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    non-interrupted flow of people
  51. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Adult changing table and hoist
  52. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    good street level design
  53. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Conversations, design and attention to detail. - Longpre
  54. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open design
  55. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    intentional colour
  56. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    fresh air
  57. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    When the doors are unlocked.
  58. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    entrances
  59. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Intuitive and clear wayfinding
  60. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    PUBLIC ART
  61. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    light and open spaces
  62. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    lots of glass and friendly colours
  63. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Private Washrooms
  64. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    signage
  65. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    intelligent people traffic flow and interface stations
  66. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    porch
  67. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Free parking
  68. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    temperature
  69. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    free footway
  70. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    daylighting where ever possible
  71. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    First it needs to be inviting (great facade) then it needs to establish easy navigation within the space and consider all age groups in doing so. Also location of the building plays a big role in accessibility. Easy parking, less traffic areas
  72. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    elements from nature
  73. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Easy wayfinding, universal design, barrier-free
  74. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    nature
  75. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    lights
  76. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    service desk
  77. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    no stairs
  78. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Easy way finding
  79. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    A design that incorporates the needs of the the community in harmony with the building's connection to the natural environment.
  80. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    flooring
  81. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Clean, inviting places to sit, not too echoey, good people watching, spacious washrooms.
  82. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    wide aisles & areas to circulate, railings on all stairs and seating for large spaces
  83. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    window
  84. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    DISTANCE
  85. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    being able to navigate my way through the building without having to look for for exits, stairs, washrooms, etc.
  86. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    change tables with overhead lift for adults available
  87. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    easy to navigate
  88. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    lightand space
  89. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    a dignified entrance for everyone
  90. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    clarity
  91. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    stress free passage ways
  92. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Visible activity
  93. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    stroller parking
  94. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Great wayfinding (clear signage, ability to engage with the environment without human intervention)
  95. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    an entry door.
  96. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open concept
  97. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Money
  98. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Safety and ease of access
  99. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Granville Island
  100. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Building open to public space
  101. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    universal design
  102. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    circulation
  103. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    micro
  104. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    it's near transit
  105. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    easy to open doors
  106. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    surface transitions
  107. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    sense of space
  108. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    transit + sidewalks
  109. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    good signage
  110. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    placemaking
  111. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    openess
  112. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open space (like high ceilings), friendly atmosphere, cozy interior design
  113. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Tall ceilings
  114. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    laughing
  115. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    brightness / lighting
  116. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    User friendly for all types of people especially PWDs.
  117. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    economy
  118. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Design for accessibility is not a reactive action
  119. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Good planning
  120. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    its clever connection with its surrounding
  121. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    A clear and obvious understanding of where the entrance is to the building, guided by a level path with no obstacles
  122. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    An architecture that is limitless not only in a phisical way, I have to be a 'climber' of all the spaces with all my senses
  123. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Unrestricted roadways for public transit vehicles and safety vehicles like firetrucks and ambulances.
  124. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Lots of Parking
  125. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    clear layout, visible doorways, good signage, appropriate lighting, places to set one's bag and perhaps sit when removing outerwear or resting, easily-seen/contacted human help when required
  126. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    smiles
  127. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    wide sidewalks
  128. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    windows
  129. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    gym
  130. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Having areas to be still and savor the moment- quiet places where things aren't overstimulating
  131. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Intuitive design that doesn't require signage
  132. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Wide doorways
  133. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    water fountains
  134. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    No backdoors for people with mobility issues, i.e. Not like the classic vancouver townhouse
  135. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    help
  136. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Informative signage
  137. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Ramps for wheels
  138. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    natural lighting and ventilation, green walls, wide circulation spaces for all abilities
  139. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    true design
  140. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    If it's not a corn maze or an escape room that you're building, then clear wayfinding is the way to go.
  141. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    theater
  142. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    sense of direction- when volume shows me where the entrance is- communicative plinth design
  143. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    ramp
  144. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Multiple stall gender neutral washrooms
  145. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    creativity
  146. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open and inviting entrance way, clear way-finding, natural light, universally designed flooring, signage
  147. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    if the wayfinding system is clear, comprehensive, and effective, and if there are elevators/ramps.
  148. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    A feeling of security.
  149. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    food area
  150. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Clear circulation that's easily used by everyone
  151. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    visibility
  152. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    signage and wayfinding
  153. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    no barriers
  154. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    green spaces
  155. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    leveled open wide corridors
  156. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    visibility of entrance
  157. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    natural lighting, plants, etc
  158. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    big sign
  159. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    air conditioning
  160. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    options
  161. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    One that doesn't assume I know where to go
  162. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    green
  163. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    food
  164. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    wheelchair
  165. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    correct scale
  166. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Bubbles and plug-ins
  167. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    wide walkways
  168. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    wide seating
  169. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    unisex washrooms
  170. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    spaces
  171. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    A Door
  172. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    ice rink
  173. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    elevator
  174. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    FRIENDLINESS
  175. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Intuitive wayfinding
  176. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    inviting
  177. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    colour
  178. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    good wayfinding
  179. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    if it accomodates the sensitivities children with autism have to their external surroundings
  180. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    comfort
  181. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    low counters
  182. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    transit
  183. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Transparency
  184. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Bike sheds, ramps, easy stairs, lots of lights, lots of windows, open spaces, wide corridors, wide staircases
  185. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    when it is recognizable and inclusive
  186. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open spaces
  187. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    doors _
  188. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    space
  189. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Community Facts Prevalent this output cure of heat stroke
  190. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Non-specific Information Far this product cpr first aid certification online
  191. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    inclusivity of all people
  192. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    don't have to twist my back to pull open a heavy door
  193. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    low prices
  194. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    stroller access
  195. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    no barriers as to who can navigate
  196. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    automatic doors
  197. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    space to walk, high ceiling, light/window
  198. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    ground floor
  199. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    people
  200. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    welcoming facade the points to a clearly defined entry point, lots of windows with natural light, well-lit open spaces flanked with smaller spaces for retreat and repose, walls with friendly eye-catching art or interactive features, central focal points that draw the eye and inspire thought. Interactive features that inspire connection, conversation, and movement
  201. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Daylighting
  202. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Parking
  203. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    a place of communal gathering
  204. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Feeling anonymous and at home, all at the same time. Nooks, cosy corners, places to sit and read a book while going unnoticed by everyone else.
  205. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    incorporating nature; framed views of nature, close up
  206. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    warmth
  207. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    inviting 'inside-out' interiors drawing me in off the street.
  208. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    an accessible building
  209. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    clear wayfinding
  210. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    unique and interesting public events, installations, and exhibits
  211. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Wheelchair access
  212. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    huge doors
  213. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    if it has wheelchair accessibility
  214. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open welcoming entry way
  215. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    universal design over accessible design
  216. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    A space I can orient myself without feeling silly or in the way. I hate trying to figure out where I am going and feeling like I am gawking or standing in the way.
  217. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    environment
  218. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Openness
  219. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Easy to find directions online
  220. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Open to all
  221. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open doors
  222. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    entrance large enough for my ego
  223. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    color
  224. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Green space
  225. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Inclusivity
  226. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Covered parking, stroller access
  227. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    STREET PRESENCE
  228. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    light
  229. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    location
  230. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Lots of natural light.
  231. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    proximity to other public places
  232. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Natural light
  233. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    bright space
  234. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Easy navigation & welcoming entrance
  235. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    garden
  236. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Humanisation of the building
  237. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    lots of windows!
  238. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    recreation
  239. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    flat surfaces
  240. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    stairs
  241. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    free public washrooms
  242. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    walking distance
  243. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    me
  244. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    design
  245. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Free wifi
  246. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    live music and welcoming seating
  247. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    door
  248. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Lots of light. As few barriers between spaces as possible.
  249. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Connected to walkway paths, public transit, places to live, no stairs or an elevator, welcoming signage, bright lighting
  250. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    A shared public mezzanine with adjacent cafe
  251. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    doors
  252. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open space
  253. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Good signage and good lighting.
  254. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Open spaces so that I don't feel closed in and wide corridors so that there's room for traffic to flow.
  255. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    proximity
  256. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    The ability to locate the main entrance with ease
  257. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    clear signage and lots of space in high-traffic areas
  258. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Wayfinding
  259. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    ramps
  260. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Public Transportation

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