1st Edition

Creative Ageing Cities Place Design with Older People in Asian Cities

Edited By Keng Hua Chong, Mihye Cho Copyright 2018
    244 Pages 87 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 87 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Ageing population and rapid urbanisation are the two major demographic shifts in today’s world. Architectural designs and urban policies have to deal with issues of an ever larger elderly population living in the cities, especially in old urban neighbourhoods, while also taking into consideration the evolving lifestyles and wellbeing of the diverse elderly demographic. Being able to continue living in these existing urban neighbourhoods would thus require necessary interventions, both to adapt the changing needs of the ageing population and to improve the deteriorating environment for better liveability.

    Creative Ageing Cities discusses the participation and contribution of the ageing population as a positive and creative force towards urban design and place-making, particularly in high-density urban contexts, as observed in a collection of empirical cases found in rapidly ageing Asian cities. This book is the first to bring together multidisciplinary scholastic research on ageing and urban issues from across top six ageing cities in Asia: Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Through these case studies, this book gives a good overview of diverse challenges and opportunities in the various Asian urban contexts and offers a new perspective of an ageing and urban design framework that emphasises multi-stakeholder collaboration, inter-generational relations and the collective wisdom of older people as a source of creativity.

    Introduction (Keng Hua CHONG and Mihye CHO)

    Part I: Singapore

    1. Reclamation of Urban Voids and the Return of the ‘Kampong Spirit’ in Singapore Public Housing (Keng Hua CHONG)

    2. A Case Study in Re-imagining Healthy Communities (Sweet Fun WONG)

    Part II: Taipei

    3. Regenerating Public Life for Ageing Communities through the Choreography of Place-ballets and the Weaving of Memory Tapestries (Min Jay KANG)

    Part III: Seoul

    4. Fostering Government-Citizen Collaboration and Inter-generational Cooperation: The Alternative Neighbourhood Regeneration Project in Jangsu, Seoul (Jiyoun KIM and Mihye CHO)

    Part IV: Hong Kong

    5. Participatory Action Research: Public Space Design by Older People (Jackie Yan Chi KWOK)

    6. A Participatory Design Experience with Older People: Case Study of Participatory Design in the HKSKH Tseung Kwan O Aged Care Complex Project (Robert Kin Ming WONG, Crystal Man Chong HO, and Gwyneth Wing Lam CHAN)

    Part V: Shanghai

    7. New Prototype for Ageing-in-Place in Megacities: An Empirical Study of Shanghai (Dong YAO)

    Part VI: Tokyo

    8. Community Design to Prevent Dying Alone in Super-Aged Japanese Cities (Toshio OTSUKI)

    Conclusion (Mihye CHO and Keng Hua CHONG)


    Keng Hua Chong is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design and leads the Social Urban Research Groupe (SURGe) at Singapore University of Technology and Design. His works are included in International Perspectives on Age-friendly Cities (2015) and Growing Compact: Urban Form, Density and Sustainability (2017).

    Mihye Cho is Assistant Professor of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) at Singapore University of Technology and Design. She has written about urban studies, cultural studies, ageing, and education.