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16 July 2015

Episode 196

26 minutes

The way our buildings and public spaces are planned has a significant impact on our quality of life. We explore the theme of accessibility: from how to use inclusive design to a cab service in Hong Kong especially for wheelchair passengers. Plus: we find out what happens when technology and sound come together to create a map of the city and why New York has introduced mental respite centres.

16 July 2015

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Chapter 1

Cities Unlocked

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We find out about Cities Unlocked, a collaboration between a British charity for the visually impaired and Microsoft. They want to unlock cities with new technology: a headset that creates a 3D soundscape, guiding the user and giving live updates and information about the world around them.

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Inclusive design

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The environment has a strong influence on the quality of people’s lives so how do you plan for inclusiveness? Brian Quinn, an urban designer and advisor at the Design Council Cabe, explains what inclusive design actually means.

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Diamond Cab in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is full of transport choices, meaning its inhabitants have high expectation about travelling across the city in the least amount of time. But there is one social enterprise that’s making a difference: Diamond Cab, catering to the needs of wheelchair users.

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Parachute NYC: mental safe houses in New York

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The city can be a particularly inhospitable place from time to time, where access to adequate health services can be hard to come by. Parachute NYC is a publicly funded health programme, offering a mental-health care solution to everyone in need.

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