Co+living Design: Ageing in Place in a World of Inequalities: How to Design Healthy Cities

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‘Co+living Design’ is a participatory design simulation gamification for life-enhancing built environments in age-appropriate, inclusive and universal design, for multi generational co-living buildings without limitations.
This article reports on conducted research on Urban Living in age-appropriate communities in Western Australia. For this a gamified simulation, the ‘Co-living game’, has been invented to explore uses of spatial activity, ambiance and features of individuals anticipating to live together in a specific urban
The aim was to enable potential inhabitants to adjust their needs and desires within the future built environment, using their contemplated daily activity patterns and qualitative considerations of common areas, which transfer easily into the design process of a masterplan for Co-housing.
The fundamental questions that are answered through the simulation game method are:
• What Activities are happening in private, semi-public, and public?
• What Ambiance descriptions are preferred ?
• What shared features are preferred ?
Where and When are people interested in sharing and negotiating semi-public and public domain.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 29 Nov 2019
Event2019 IAPS (International Association People-Environment Studies) Symposium: Ageing in Place in a World of Inequalities: How to Design Healthy Cities - Pelotas, Brazil
Duration: 27 Nov 201930 Nov 2019


Conference2019 IAPS (International Association People-Environment Studies) Symposium
OtherThe School of Architecture and Urbanism of Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel) will host the Symposium with the support of IAPS (Internacional Association of People-Environment Studies), PlaceAge Project, Laboratory of Behavioral Studies of UFPel and Program of Postgraduation in Architecture and Urbanism of UFPel. The Symposium is also part of Centre for Healthy Cities, Ageing and Citizenship Project, which is part of UFPel Institutional Program for Internationalization. This is a worldwide event that takes place every two years, promoted by IAPS networks, in different countries; the last one was hosted in Tanzania, Africa.

Population ageing has created new challenges in relation to how to design better urban environments that support and promote daily social involvement and the healthy urban living for all. As they get older, people face limitations in their physical and cognitive abilities, changes in arrangements of life and loss of social support. The environment preferred by older adults is the community, where they can remain active, engaged, socially connected and independent. However, contemporary urban cities can be “hostile” to people 60 years of age or older, acting as a barrier to access social, economic and civic opportunities.

This Symposium recognises that merely changing the built environment is not enough to create a more inclusive city for ageing because places are more than physical spaces. Viable environments are articulated through a strong sense of place, defined as the social, psychological and emotional bonds that people have with their environment. A strong sense of place results from access to support for active participation, opportunities to build and sustain social networks and it plays a significant role in the community. In contrast, a sense of exclusion or lack of opportunities to reciprocate, mediate and control is associated with alienation, isolation, and loneliness, often resulting in many health and well-being problems, particularly among the most vulnerable. Socially, the creation of age-friendly urban environments that support the sense of place is a part of successful ageing, ensuring that people can continue to contribute positively in old age, delaying the need for institutional care and reducing health costs and social assistance.

Within this context, we invite academics, researchers, professionals, and students to participate of this Symposium to discuss how to design healthy cities for all generations, responding to different environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts.
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