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Landscape Modification: an alternative to residential access ramps and lifts

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Authors Bridge, C., Carnemolla, P.
Audience Consumers, Government/NGOs/Peaks, Industry, Librarians/Researchers/Students
ISBN 978-0-7334-30

This research paper explores and analyses the approach of improving accessibility to homes by modifying the surrounding landscape as an alternative to installing a ramp or lift. The ability for landscape modification to effectively resolve accessibility problems to a home is not a new concept (Mace, 1984), however it is an underexplored access solution. Although ramps and lifts effectively provide access, they can also detract from the heritage or aesthetics of a home (Smith, 2006), reduce perceived home value (Behe, 2005) and contribute to a sense of vulnerability to crime (Vincent, 2009).

This analysis is presented as a best-practice guide to landscape modification for homes and considers three case studies that implement an accessible landscape modification concept.


Publication History

1st edition Landscape Modification: an alternative to residential access ramps and lifts by Phillippa Carnemolla and Catherine Bridge, March  2012.  Reprinted July 2014.

Table of Contents

  • Publication History
  • Contribution of Authors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Liability Statement
  • Reproduction of material
  • Glossary
  • Executive Summary
    • Project Aims
    • Overview of Results
    • Conclusion
  • Introduction
  • Aims
  • Problem Statements
  • Research Methodology
    • Literature Review
    • Analysis
    • Case Study Approach
    • Scope of Work
    • Limitations
  • Foundations for accessible landscape solutions
  • Modification and Redesign Approach
  • Landscape Assessment and Classification
  • The Residential Landscape
    • The home entrance
    • The front garden
  • Landscape theory and landscape modification for accessibility
    • Benefits of a landscape modification approach
    • Issues with Existing Approaches
    • Limitations of a landscape modification approach
  • Reference Guide – assessing for and modifying accessible landscape entrances
    • Stage 1: Site Assessment
    • Stage 2: Accessible Built Environment Elements
    • Space
      • Inclusive garden design elements
    • Links: Walkways
    • Access – threshold entrance design
      • Providing vehicle and parking access
      • Weather Protection
      • Turning area and door access
    • Elements that can support accessibility
  • Retrofitting accessible landscapes
    • Case-Study Examples
    • Australian Residential Architecture Types
    • Selection criteria for housing styles
      • Final selection of housing styles
      • How the Cases are documented
    • Case 1: Interwar Californian Bungalow
    • Case 2: Strata Title Block
    • Case 3: Queenslander
      • Overview of Case Studies
      • Results
  • Conclusion
  • Further Research
  • References
  • Appendices
  • A: Literature Search Strategy
  • B: Planting Guide for access and enablement
    • Plants and accessibility
      • Accessible Garden elements
      • Planting Schemes
  • C: Australian and International Legislative Context

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