This book embeds the principles of how we should approach the design of future housing for an ageing population, reminding us that this is not about ‘other people’, but about each of us. This book focuses on anticipating the needs and aspirations of the next generation of older people, and touches on what this implies for our communities, our towns and our cities, as well as for our living spaces. It will look at how well-designed buildings can facilitate the provision of care, support independence and wellbeing while providing companionship and stimulation. It will also examine how to ensure that buildings remain flexible over a long life. Dealing mainly with new-build, but with a section on adaptation and refurbishment, this book sets out the underlying design principles that should be applied and the early decisions that must be taken.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Approaching a new project 3. Creating the right environment 4. Feeling at home 5. Working with existing buildings 6. Future-proofing, follow up and feedback 7. Case studies
Julia Park is an architect and Head of Housing Research at Levitt Bernstein, with over 30 years of housing design experience and a large body of research work. She is currently interim chair of the RIBA Housing Group and an active member of the cross sector Housing Forum.
Jeremy Porteus is Director of the Housing LIN (Learning and Innovation Network), and a national expert in housing for older people. He chaired the Homes and Communities Agency Vulnerable and Older People Advisory Group 2010-2016 and is vice-chair of the Housing & Ageing Alliance.