Age Adaptive City
The Age Adaptive City is interested in the reciprocity between urbanisation and an ageing demographic.
By 2020, over 50% of people aged 60 and over will live in an urban environment, and by 2050 2.1 billion people (or 21.5% of the population) will be aged over 60, outnumbering those 15 and under.
The economic footprint of the age care sector in Australia alone was $13.5 billion in 2014-15 (Deloitte). By 2050 India, China and the United States, will each have over 100 million people aged over 60. Despite the immense dimension of this forecast, there has been scarce critical reflection or policy response and even less consideration of its impact on the form of city or urban futures.
With ageing as a keystone, can creative practices (architecture, urban design etc) collectively intervene to re-imagine the city?
The Age Adaptive City is a proposition for cities to embody an alternative system of values for demographic transition that could be traced from low density suburban developments through to dense urban conditions – between architectural and urban resolutions. The research will engage with concepts of multi-generational living, ageing-in-place, as well as a ecology of amenities, infrastructures and proximities leveraging the virtues and connected urbanity of the city, its architecture and palimpsest of interwoven service networks to frame a holistic proposition for its future.
Project Team: Ian Nazareth