Much work needs to be done to address inequities in our society and our built environment. This study is an initial attempt to consolidate indicators regarding social equity in order to re-focus and re-frame our design process by providing measurable targets for social equity. As part of the report a relatively exhaustive literature review of existing certification systems and other available frameworks was conducted. These frameworks were then compared to Perkins and Will’s existing Living Design Index to look for areas of overlap and gaps. Seven social equity themes and fifty-four indicators were collected. The themes addressed the following topics: Community assessment and engagement; Economic factors and housing provision; Community spaces and services; Universal access, inclusion, and safety; Individual health and wellbeing; Environmental justice and resiliency; and the Supply chain. Key indicators were then selected and applied to a mixed-use case study in Surrey, British Columbia.
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