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The _Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020_ came into place on 7 April, with the _Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act_ coming into force on 27 May. The purpose of both Acts is to provide relief during the coronavirus outbreak and the disruption caused by the outbreak
In this article Scott Turpie, Architect and Director at Nicoll Russell Studios, Dundee, describes the practice’s philosophy towards inclusive design with a case study on a recent housing project that looks to discretely support those living with age related challenges, including the early stages of dementia. The RIAS is very grateful to the practice for allowing them to publish this detailed study which is an exemplar of what can be achieved by well considered discrete levels of designed support enabling older people to continue living independently in their community.
This is the fourth article in our series of Practice Notes on Inclusive Design published both in Practice Information and the Quarterly Magazine. The RIAS is very grateful to the authors Grant Gordon (Editor) FRIAS and Annie Pollock B Arch(Hons), Dip LA, RIAS, MCLI (retired), for the production of this article and for their feedback on the ongoing work of the Access Panels.
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