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What makes a building accessible for you?

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  1. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    lights
  2. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    big tomato
  3. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    service desk
  4. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    no stairs
  5. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Easy way finding
  6. 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.
  7. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    flooring
  8. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    queef
  9. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Clean, inviting places to sit, not too echoey, good people watching, spacious washrooms.
  10. 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
  11. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    window
  12. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    DISTANCE
  13. 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.
  14. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    change tables with overhead lift for adults available
  15. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    easy to navigate
  16. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    lightand space
  17. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    a dignified entrance for everyone
  18. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    vancouver
  19. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    rob thomson
  20. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    clarity
  21. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    stress free passage ways
  22. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Visible activity
  23. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    stroller parking
  24. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Great wayfinding (clear signage, ability to engage with the environment without human intervention)
  25. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    an entry door.
  26. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open concept
  27. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Money
  28. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Safety and ease of access
  29. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Granville Island
  30. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Building open to public space
  31. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    universal design
  32. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    circulation
  33. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    micro
  34. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    it's near transit
  35. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    easy to open doors
  36. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    surface transitions
  37. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    paul fast
  38. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    sense of space
  39. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    transit + sidewalks
  40. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    good signage
  41. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    placemaking
  42. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    openess
  43. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open space (like high ceilings), friendly atmosphere, cozy interior design
  44. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Tall ceilings
  45. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    laughing
  46. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    brightness / lighting
  47. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    User friendly for all types of people especially PWDs.
  48. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    economy
  49. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Design for accessibility is not a reactive action
  50. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Good planning
  51. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    its clever connection with its surrounding
  52. 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
  53. 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
  54. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Unrestricted roadways for public transit vehicles and safety vehicles like firetrucks and ambulances.
  55. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Lots of Parking
  56. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    royal bay
  57. 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
  58. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    smiles
  59. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    wide sidewalks
  60. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    windows
  61. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    gym
  62. 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
  63. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Intuitive design that doesn't require signage
  64. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Wide doorways
  65. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    water fountains
  66. 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
  67. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    help
  68. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Informative signage
  69. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Ramps for wheels
  70. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    natural lighting and ventilation, green walls, wide circulation spaces for all abilities
  71. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    true design
  72. 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.
  73. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    theater
  74. 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
  75. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    ramp
  76. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Multiple stall gender neutral washrooms
  77. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    creativity
  78. 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
  79. 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.
  80. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    A feeling of security.
  81. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    food area
  82. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Clear circulation that's easily used by everyone
  83. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    visibility
  84. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    signage and wayfinding
  85. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    no barriers
  86. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    green spaces
  87. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    leveled open wide corridors
  88. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    visibility of entrance
  89. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    natural lighting, plants, etc
  90. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    big sign
  91. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    air conditioning
  92. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    options
  93. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    One that doesn't assume I know where to go
  94. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    green
  95. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    food
  96. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    wheelchair
  97. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    correct scale
  98. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Bubbles and plug-ins
  99. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    wide walkways
  100. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    wide seating
  101. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    unisex washrooms
  102. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    spaces
  103. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    A Door
  104. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    ice rink
  105. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    elevator
  106. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    FRIENDLINESS
  107. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Intuitive wayfinding
  108. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    inviting
  109. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    colour
  110. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    good wayfinding
  111. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    if it accomodates the sensitivities children with autism have to their external surroundings
  112. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    comfort
  113. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    low counters
  114. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    transit
  115. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Transparency
  116. 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
  117. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    when it is recognizable and inclusive
  118. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open spaces
  119. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    doors _
  120. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    space
  121. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Community Facts Prevalent this output cure of heat stroke
  122. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Non-specific Information Far this product cpr first aid certification online
  123. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    inclusivity of all people
  124. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    don't have to twist my back to pull open a heavy door
  125. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    low prices
  126. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    stroller access
  127. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    no barriers as to who can navigate
  128. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    automatic doors
  129. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    space to walk, high ceiling, light/window
  130. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    ground floor
  131. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    people
  132. 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
  133. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Daylighting
  134. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Parking
  135. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    a place of communal gathering
  136. 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.
  137. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    incorporating nature; framed views of nature, close up
  138. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    warmth
  139. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    inviting 'inside-out' interiors drawing me in off the street.
  140. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    an accessible building
  141. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    clear wayfinding
  142. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    unique and interesting public events, installations, and exhibits
  143. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Wheelchair access
  144. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    huge doors
  145. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    if it has wheelchair accessibility
  146. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open welcoming entry way
  147. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    universal design over accessible design
  148. 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.
  149. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    environment
  150. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Openness
  151. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Easy to find directions online
  152. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Open to all
  153. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open doors
  154. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    entrance large enough for my ego
  155. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    color
  156. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Green space
  157. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Inclusivity
  158. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Covered parking, stroller access
  159. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    STREET PRESENCE
  160. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    light
  161. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    location
  162. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Lots of natural light.
  163. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    proximity to other public places
  164. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Natural light
  165. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    bright space
  166. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Easy navigation & welcoming entrance
  167. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    garden
  168. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Humanisation of the building
  169. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    lots of windows!
  170. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    recreation
  171. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    flat surfaces
  172. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    stairs
  173. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    free public washrooms
  174. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    walking distance
  175. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    me
  176. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    design
  177. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Free wifi
  178. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    live music and welcoming seating
  179. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    door
  180. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Lots of light. As few barriers between spaces as possible.
  181. 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
  182. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    A shared public mezzanine with adjacent cafe
  183. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    doors
  184. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    open space
  185. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Good signage and good lighting.
  186. 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.
  187. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    proximity
  188. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    The ability to locate the main entrance with ease
  189. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    clear signage and lots of space in high-traffic areas
  190. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Wayfinding
  191. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    ramps
  192. What makes a building accessible for you?
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    Public Transportation

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