Infill Development for Older Australians in South East Queensland An Analysis of the Preferences of Older People in the Urban Environment

This research aimed to identify liveable, affordable and sustainable ways to accommodate older people in communities that are becoming more densely populated. More than 42 people over 55 years and older from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast participated in this study throughout its several stages for over a year, starting early in 2011. The resulting principles and accommodation typologies not only confirm seniors’ innate understanding of some commonly accepted urban design principles, but they paint a vivid picture of what older people in a sub-tropical environment find appealing and supportive as they age. Moreover the research identified that a new approach to seniors housing is needed. One that produces a holistic model of infill development to actively support ageing.