The demographic landscape of our cities is changing fast, as the cities grow and the population ages. But how do architects respond to the challenge? How do we go about creating more ‘age-inclusive’ spaces?
Lifestyle, technological and scientific advances have evolved providing a greater life expectancy. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people aged 65 or older is projected to grow from an estimated 524 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050, with most of the increase in developing countries.
In the US, interest in environmental sustainability is increasing. That’s why some forward-thinking retirement communities are offering residents everything from greener buildings to energy-efficient lighting to community gardens. And some towns are putting a focus on walkability.
This paper conforms to themes relating to the shaping of sustainable built environment. It tackles issues connected with the implementation of sustainable solutions in residential housing for senior citizens.
There is a huge demand for elderly housing in the US. Buildings for senior living must be of a particular type. To meet the theory of sustainable design, it is necessary to evaluate the suitability of buildings for senior living. This research presents three case studies on well-designed senior housing, including a nursing home, a complex nursing community and a senior apartment.
In the UK, ten million people were over sixty-five years old in 2010, and this is projected to increase to nineteen million by 2020. Over two million households are considered to be in fuel poverty and living in unsatisfactory conditions, and many of those people struggling to afford their energy bills are elderly.
There is an increasing demand and expectation in the US for green retirement communities. There is the opportunity to create buildings and communities that intentionally promote health and wellness. The focus is on good design, improved indoor air quality and improving the overall environment of the building and facilities.
This article looks at Serenbe, a New Urbanist community outside Atlanta, Georgia. Since opening in 2004, it has grown to include two villages of about 500 residents. Praised by urban planners, architects, and sustainability proponent, construction of the third village aims to make Serenbe a great place to grow old. And maybe a model for a new kind of retirement communities.
From sustainable design to renewable energy and purchasing carbon offsets, this article looks at three Australian aged care providers that are taking significant steps to minimise their environmental footprint and demonstrating why investing in sustainability has some surprising benefits.
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