Eutopia 75+: Exploratory futures scenarios for baby boomers' preferred living spaces

David L. Wright*, Laurie Buys, Desley Vine, Bo Xia, Martin Skitmore, Robin Drogemuller, Rosemary Kennedy, Mei Li

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Abstract

Australia is experiencing the global phenomenon of an ageing population with the baby boomer generation starting to reach retirement age in large numbers. As a result, there is a growing need for appropriate accommodation and this will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. However, the needs of the fit, mobile and techno savvy baby boomers are likely to be far different from those of previous generations of older people, but are as yet unknown and unanticipated. This paper reports on the findings of a Futuring research project to explore the preferred housing futures for the baby boomer generation in the city of Brisbane, an aspiring creative city in South East Queensland (SEQ), Australia. Their future home design and service needs are predicted by firstly employing a global environmental scan of related and associated ageing futures issues. This was followed by a micro-Futuring workshop, based on Inayatullah's Futures Triangle Analysis, to identify a range of scenarios. The key aspects of the workshop culminated in the development of a Transformational Scenario - EUTOPIA 75+. From this, a suite of six design recommendations for seniors' housing design and smart services provision are synthesised to give a sense of direction of preferred living styles, especially in terms of physical housing spaces, with a view to identifying new house design opportunities for the allied industries and research organisations. The issues identified are also of concern for aged care service providers, retirement living developers, and for academics involved in the social and physical design of living spaces for older people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-60
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Futures Studies
Volume19
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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