From 8 to 80: designing adaptive spaces for an ageing population

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From 8 to 80: designing adaptive spaces for an ageing population
The Commons, Brunswick. Lorraine Farrelly

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From 8 to 80: designing adaptive spaces for an ageing population
The Commons, Brunswick. Lorraine Farrelly

Important challenges are facing our society as the population globally ages thanks to higher life expectancy, better housing and living conditions and improved healthcare.

For individuals this is of course good news, but for communities it will place pressure on services to support the ageing population as it becomes more dependant.

Architects and urban designers like me need to take responsibility and consider designing cities, neighbourhoods, places and spaces that can adapt to these changing needs. Cities need to be inclusive, accommodating people with disabilities but also limited mobility.

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