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Adaptive Reuse : Accommodating Canberra's Working and Ageing Poor

A new report into housing affordability has called for urgent action to develop and subsidise smaller housing stock in Canberra. The Safe and Well green paper revealed an estimated 20,000 Canberra households were experiencing housing stress, with rent consuming up to 70 per cent of incomes. Other contributors to the green paper see opportunity in some of Canberra's more than 100,000 square
2015

Not A Group House, Not A Commune: Europe Experiments With Co-Housing

While still in architecture school, María García Mendez and Gonzalo Navarrete drafted a plan to re-design a high-density area of Alfafar, Valencia, using the principle of co-housing — in which residents trade and share space and resources, depending on their needs. It's not just an architecture project. It's a fusion of architecture and rehabilitation.
2015

Seniors in Spain are saying no to nursing homes

Examining the rise of co-housing and elderly housing co-operatives in Spain as alternatives to aged care facilities.
2015

Are housing associations ready for an ageing population?

The continuous growth in the number of older people in the UK will dramatically change how society will look and how it will function. This demographic shift is one of the main talking points of public debate and presents a considerable challenge for government and policymakers.
2015

The NANA Project - a new architecture for the new aged that advocates a better built environment for older people

For over ten years I have been working, writing and lecturing on design for the aged and as an architect I have often been appalled at the environments that people age in. Not only are the traditional ‘nursing home’ and ‘retirement village’ a little outdated, they often create separation and foster ‘otherness’, isolating people from their surrounds and loved ones.
2015

Tiny Houses are Becoming a Big Deal

The idea of living small, really small, is catching on. Tiny house communities are multiplying, and approximately two out of every five tiny house owners are over age 50. Tiny house converts and fans are hosting events and how-to workshops across the country. And builders and designers are catering to the demand.
2015

Seniors downsizing on their own terms: Overcoming planning, legal and policy impediments to the creation of alternative retirement communities

It seems there are as many reasons for seniors making downsizing decisions as there are individual seniors. Some common themes have emerged however. First, despite the tacit encouragement of downsizing in Australia and elsewhere, most seniors resist moving in order to downsize.
2015

Relationships between perceived aspects of home and symptoms in a cohort aged 67- 70.

The importance of the home environment increases with age. Perceived aspects of home influence life satisfaction, perceived health and independence in daily activities and well-being among very old people. However, research on health and perceived aspects of home among senior citizens in earlier phases of the aging process is lacking.
2015

A Profile of Maine’s Older Population and Housing Stock

Maine has the highest proportion of people aged 55 and older in the country, and the size of the older population is projected to grow. This demographic trend raises a number of concerns, not least of which is the adequacy and affordability of Maine’s housing stock to meet the needs of the state’s older population.
2015

The housing crisis destroying the lives of single women

The single older woman who doesn’t own her own home has become one of the most at-risk groups in Australia due to the rising cost of rent and the lack of jobs for older Australians.
2015

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