Designing for inclusion entails making spaces for everyone. Inclusive environments in which everyone can live and thrive. Equitable, participatory, and well-being-promoting environments. Spaces that provide comfort, usability, awareness, and comprehension. People of all ages, races, cultures, identities, and abilities should be respected and satisfied.
The approach of inclusive design prioritizes the consideration of human diversity and the wide range of individual needs. It considers how these needs intersect and provides a platform for problem-solving, innovation and the creation of solutions that can positively impact a diverse cross-section of people. By including diverse experiences in the design process, inclusive design ensures that a wider range of perspectives are taken into consideration, leading to solutions that benefit a broader group of individuals.
Knowing the people, we are designing for is the first step towards creating equitable architecture and places. Read the Social Equity in the Built Environment report which outlines some guiding principles that we can use to improve our communities and the value it can provide the many stakeholder groups that help to shape them.
A sense of belonging—a connection to other people and our surroundings—comes with inclusion. Presently, there is still a sizable gap in the way that places are being constructed, and a sizable portion of the market remains neglected. In an attempt to address this issue, we’ve put together an Ideas Book of different design concepts taken from our global portfolio of multi-disciplinary services. We approach inclusivity from five different user journeys: physical, sensory, cognitive, identity and community.