Urban Planning

Forget "downsizing", think "rightsizing" to meet older people's housing needs and aspirations

In the UK, many older people live in homes that are probably too big for their needs and budgets. If they were encouraged to downsize, and also given the choice of housing that would make downsizing appealing, they might well be persuaded to sell their home to a family who actually needs that sort of space.

Processes for developing affordable and sustainable medium-density housing models for greyfield precincts

This project investigates a design-oriented, integrative development approach that responds to a timely opportunity in the greyfields of Australian cities: how to redevelop dispersed and ageing public housing properties in the middle suburbs.

The Head, The Heart & The House: Health, Care and Quality of Life

Around 2.8 million Australians tuned in to Channel 9 in mid-October 2014 to watch the auc on of The Block, the most recent instalment of the hit property renova on show. The highest-ra ng reality TV show in Australia documented in painful detail the shock and dismay of the Block par cipants as their apartments were sold at auc on.We are a na on mesmerised by housing and home improvement.

Ageing in Place Today in Europe & Asia

looking at the challenges of a rapidly ageing population in Europe and Asia.

What’s Next for Senior Living? 3 Innovative Concepts

This US article discusses the need for developers to create new housing options for the increasingly disparate ageing population. It examines three core areas that must be addressed. Multi-Generational Living, Urban-Core Simplicity and Excitement, and It Takes a Village.

Planning Neighbourhoods for all Ages and Abilities: A Multi-generational Perspective

Taking a more integrated approach to planning our neighbourhoods for the continuum of inhabitants’ ages and abilities makes sense given our current and future population composition. Seldom are the built environment requirements of diverse groups (e.g. children, seniors, and people with disability) synthesised, resulting in often unfriendly and exclusionary neighbourhoods.

Socially Healthy Ageing: The Importance of Third Places, Soft Edges and Walkable Neighbourhoods

Population ageing is a complex subject with implications for public policy and urban and regional planning. A key community responsibility of population ageing is to ensure the health and wellbeing of this cohort. In this respect, planning for socially healthy ageing is a critical area requiring urgent and substantial research.

Development of new cohousing: lessons learned from a London scheme for the over-50s

There is increased interest in the UK in cohousing as a desirable alternative for older people.

An Alternative Age-Friendly Handbook (for the socially engaged urban practitioner

This Alternative Age-friendly Handbook provides a playful and critical exploration of what creative urban practitioners can bring to emerging debates around the creation of Age-friendly Cities. What follows is a series of suggested modes and methods of Age-friendly practice. Small-scale actions and interventions we can start taking now to create Age-friendly spaces.

The All-Ages City

By 2030, 20% of the U.S. will be senior citizens, compared with 13% today. Cities will have to adapt, not just to a growing population of elderly, but to the baby boomers’ idea of what it means to be elderly. An Indiana architect has come up with a new idea for retirement living. Instead of bringing Main Street to retirement communities, why not bring retirement communities to Main Street?
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