Rethinking the way we live: Housing an ageing population

Claire Curtice Publicists has programmed the first two events in a year-long series of talks on health, well-being and architecture initiated by the Museum of Architecture and hosted by The Building Centre.

Rethinking the way we live: housing an ageing population
Monday 25 January 2016

For decades there have not been enough homes to meet the needs of our growing ageing population. The number of households in England is projected to increase 10 per cent from 2011 to 2021, but the highest increase is projected to be for households headed by someone between 55 and 64 years old. As life expectancy increases, an urgent national effort is needed to build homes that will meet our changing needs and aspirations as we all grow older. This panel showcases examples of innovative designs for communities of older people, and how housing design can alleviate some of the issues affecting older people.

Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI (chair)
Ipsos MORI’s Social Research Institute includes specialist expertise on ageing, society and housing.

Fran Balaam, architect; researcher and lecturer at London Metropolitan University; Urban Design Officer for Harrow
Research into elderly housing typologies, with a focus on the potential of co-housing to support ageing communities.

Susanne Clase, architect, White Arkitekter; lecturer, MA course Residential Healthcare, Chalmers University of Technology
White Arkitekter has received a land allocation in a developing area of Gothenburg, Sweden, with the aim of carrying out a full-scale case study and providing an exemplar for assisted senior housing, proceeding from a dialogue-based process.

Tim Riley, founding director, RCKa
RCKa’s Hortsley scheme – a retirement living project for PegasusLife – as an example of how social interaction can be encouraged at even modest scales, through an innovative design approach to shared space.

Deane Simpson, architect and urbanist; associate professor at the Royal Danish Academy School of Fine Arts School of Architecture (co-director, international masters program Urbanism and Societal Change)
Deane Simpson’s presentation will address his book Young-Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society (2015).

Read Alice Grahame’s article in The Guardian ‘Improving with age? How city design is adapting to older populations’ 25 April 2016 featuring interviews with some of the panelists.

Published on 04/05/2016

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