five people of different abilities and races and cultures having a meeting

Social justice in the built environment

By Lorene Casiez | November 8, 2021
The past 18 months have been like no other – the unimaginable grips of COVID-19, social isolation and a fear of the unknown, the death of George Floyd sparking rage and a mass awakening to systemic racism around the world,…
cover of the Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines

City of Toronto unveils new draft Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines created by Human Space

By Human Space | August 13, 2021
The new draft Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines (TADG) are now available for public viewing after seven years of collaboration between Human Space and the City of Toronto. Over a dozen agencies including the CNIB, Pegasus, Nucleus Independent Living and Silent…
rendering of people in a bus station with the bay numbers clearly identified, seating near floor to ceiling windows, and modern wood slat ceiling with LED lights

Wayfinding for All

By Lili Larratea | July 27, 2021
 ‘Given the impact of wayfinding on human psychology, occupant satisfaction, health, long-term performance, and the financial bottom line, inattention to wayfinding reduces the inclusiveness of buildings for everyone.’ Susan Hunter, IDeA Center Wayfinding is the process of navigating from one…
National AccessAbility Week is an opportunity to celebrate the ongoing work we al have to do to counter discrimination against persons with disabilities and promote a culture of inclusion

Promoting a Culture of Inclusion

By Human Space | June 3, 2021
This week, 30 May to 5 June 2021, we celebrated National AccessAbility Week! National AccessAbility Week is an opportunity to celebrate:  the valuable contributions of Canadians with disabilities; the accomplishments of individuals, communities and workplaces that are actively working to…
diagram with measurements of three accessible water closet stalls, one meeting the OBC 2015 amendments, one meeting the OBC 2020 amendments and one demonstrating better practice measurements

Accessibility and the Importance of Exceeding the Ontario Building Code

By Daniel Luong | March 12, 2021
Ontario continues to develop baseline accessibility standards within the Ontario Building Code (OBC). At the start of 2020, updates to the Ontario Building Code included added clarity and additional requirements as it relates to: Access to building controls Additional application…
Jesse Klimitz

Director of Human Space wins Emerging Leader Award

By Human Space | December 3, 2020
Congratulations to Director of Human Space Jesse Klimitz on winning an Emerging Leader Award from Construction Canada!  The Emerging Leader Awards recognize members of the architectural, engineering, and construction community who demonstrate excellence, impress and inspire their co-workers, and are well…
Lucy Townsend

Sustainability & Wellbeing Specialist wins Women in Construction and Engineering Award

By Human Space | November 13, 2020
Human Space’s Sustainability & Wellbeing Specialist Lucy Townsend won the award for Best Woman in Environment and Sustainability at the 2020 Women in Construction and Engineering Awards. Lucy is currently the lead sustainability consultant for a low carbon retrofit project…
woman with bright orange hair lays out a screenprinting project in a workshop with lots of natural light and high ceilings

A Human Perspective

By Human Space | September 9, 2020
Patrick Missodey is a jewellery designer based in Toronto who, some may think, faces some formidable barriers. A former soccer star and new Canadian who moved from Tobo, Africa in 2010, Patrick uses a mobility scooter or sometimes a cane…
graphic showing diverse people doing activities while wearing masks including a person in a wheelchair speaking to a pharmacist, and a man working on a laptop

Introducing Wellness Ready: a program supporting businesses to create healthy environments and reopen

By Human Space | June 15, 2020
As we begin to think about reopening offices, retail, hospitality, education and community spaces, there is a lot of uncertainty about how this can be done safely and effectively. Human Space and BDP Quadrangle are offering “Wellness Ready”, a program designed…
the ASL signs for A S L in a green room

Deafness and Architecture

By Lorene Casiez | May 10, 2019
There is an opportunity for architects and designers to do better when it comes to the intersection of deafness and the built environment. I’d like to take this opportunity to challenge industry peers to draw upon the lessons we can learn…