• Engagement towards creating new models for later life living

Zecca, Cecilia ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3346-9334, Mcginley, Chris ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7402-6308 and Griffiths, Richard, 2023, Book Section, Engagement towards creating new models for later life living In: Goodman-Deane, Joy, Dong, Hua, Heylighen, Ann, Lazar, Jonathan and Clarkson, John, (eds.) Design for Sustainable Inclusion: CWUAAT 2023. Springer, Switzerland, pp. 33-41. ISBN 978-3-031-28527-1

Abstract or Description:

This paper presents initial findings and principles attained from an ongoing knowledge transfer project between academia and industry partners aiming to develop more inclusive later-living housing models against the background of current UK market stagnation and lack of suitability of existing stock.

Housing for later-living in the UK lacks meaningful community engagement and hence frequently fails to embody genuine needs beyond basic accessibility principles. Potential residents are frequently reduced to simplified statistics or uncomplicated representations of ‘third age’. The lack of engagement has contributed to unsuitable UK housing stock, inconsistent language use, and limited understanding of older people’s actual experiences and desires for their homes and communities. The UK faces the challenge of creating more human-centric, socially and economically sustainable spaces within homes and in the urban environment, whilst avoiding age segregation. In recent years this has been acknowledged, yet developments proclaiming to be designed for older cohorts continue to be poorly executed, through fragmented planning policies failed designs; persistently institutionalised features; and lack of inclusive understanding.

This paper will discuss the prevalence of limited inclusive intentions and outcomes particularly in terms of older populations in architecture, and the consequences of neglected community engagement within the architecture design process, pointing out uncodified methodologies and fragmented literature. The paper will present a successful example of a housing project for later living in Europe, and conclude by proposing a more human-centric approach and a set of initial inclusive design approaches and principles for housing.

Official URL: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-2...
Subjects: Architecture > K200 Building > K290 Building not elsewhere classified
Architecture > K900 Others in Architecture
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: Research Centres > Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
Funders: Innovate UK
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-28528-8_4
Uncontrolled Keywords: Later-living; Housing; Human-centred architecture; Ageing
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2023 14:53
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2024 08:38
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5472
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