Articles in the Toronto Star
New Modular Building Construction
Intellectual Ventures and CollinsWoerman partner on a new modular building technique that has: 50% reduction in time to design and build, construction cost 20% lower in comparable buildings, reduce operating and maintenance costs by 20%, eliminates 75% of field construction labor, reduce energy and water by 50%.
Roger Gervais: Example of universal design in San Francisco, CA, in 2011.
Richardson Apartments affordable housing complex contains 120 permanent studios for individuals who were formerly homeless. Universal Design considerations were especially important in this project, because the residents include many people with mental and physical disabilities. The mixed-use building also includes retail spaces on the ground floor, in order to create a place that adds to the diversity and value of the surrounding community.
Presentation and Awards of Recognition
On November 9, 2016, five leaders were recognized for supporting Accessibility and Universal Design.
These awards were made in appreciation of their contribution to bringing about universal design in housing, making it accessible for everyone of any age or ability.
See poster Living in place Event-flyer Nov. 9
1. AccessAbility Advantage
2. Daniels Corporation (Jake Cohen)
3. Houselink Community Homes
4. Tafler Rylett Architects (Cathy Tafler & Doug Rylett)
5. Toronto City Councillor David Shiner
From Margret Jarvis:
“This morning OWN presented our ideas on 100% Visitable, Barrier Free and/or Universal Design multi-unit apartment buildings in Toronto. Something that should have been started 20 years ago to housing our growing numbers of seniors. I think the presentation was fantastic and several members of the City’s Housing Committee asked good questions, and Mayor John Tory sat in on the presentation. Our newest member, Thea Kurdi, an Architectural Accessibility and Universal Design Specialist, did a wonderful job of making this complicated topic sound like a “no brainer”. Great job Thea!”
You can see the presentation here: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ah/bgrd/backgroundfile-94585.pdf
On October 5, 2016 the Mayor’s Executive Committee brought our request for endorsement forward to all City Councillors and City Council endorsed our campaign. The motion read as follows (Agenda Item EX17.25).
Older Women’s Network Presentation on Universal Design in New Multi-Unit Residential Construction
The Executive Committee recommends that:
1. City Council endorse the Living in Place campaign to promote universal design in construction of all new multi-residential buildings and to support the objectives to amend the Provincial Building Code to ensure accessibility and inclusivity for all.
What is Holding Back Progress in Creating Accessible Buildings? by Thea Kurdi http://gaates.org/what-is-holding-back-progress-in-creating-accessible-buildings/
UN Optional Protocol for the Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/OptionalProtocolRightsPersonsWithDisabilities.aspx
VisitAble Housing Canada