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What can architects do in response to aging issues? How can we think beyond physical solutions and use the existing city more effectively towards population aging? This instalment forms part of our research journey into the relationship between aging populations and cities.

Last week we looked at Matthias Hollwich’s guide to ‘New Aging’. This week we look at his latest building prototype, named Skyler, which was designed taking into consideration the aging

Three weeks ago, architect Matthias Hollwich released his book ‘New Aging’. Being more or less a self-help guide to aging, the book provides tips for successful aging. What are the most useful lessons, and what tips are rather ridiculous? This installment forms part of our research journey into the relationship between aging populations and cities.

Turning 40, architect Matthias Hollwich of Hollwich Kushner Architecture (HWKN) realized that he may have already lived half of his life, and started to think about what the next 40

To what extent are aging issues embedded in the paradigms through which we plan, build, and develop cities and communities? How can we achieve large-scale changes through more local, targeted actions? This instalment forms part of our research journey into the relationship between aging populations and cities.

The last article of this series ultimately posed the question: How can we make people across all fields of urban development aware of age-friendly features (discussed in the last article)

Why do older adults want to ‘age in place’? And how can we facilitate it? This installment forms part of our research journey into the relationship between aging populations and cities.

In my first article of this research series, I introduced two central tenets in the field of aging studies: age-segregation and age-integration. In the articles that followed, we looked at

Japan is at the forefront of population aging worldwide, closely followed by European countries and the USA. The largest aging challenges, however, are expected to take place in the developing world. What is going on in different parts of the world? And what are the responses to population aging? This instalment forms part of our research journey into the relationship between population aging and cities.

Population aging experiences different circumstances in different regions of the world, sided by varied responses to aging-related issues. Francesca Bettio & Janneke Plantenga’s study ‘Comparing Care Regimes in Europe’ (2008)

Active aging rhetoric is now widespread in policy as well as everyday life, presenting itself as a magic solution to issues relating to population aging. How did the concept of active aging emerge? And what does active aging really entail? This installment forms part of our research journey into the relationship between aging populations and cities.

Life-long learning as part of a more flexible arrangement of the life-course (Source: trbimg.com) To understand the emergence of active aging discourse and policy practice, we have to see it

This is the third installment of our research journey into the relationship between aging populations and cities. We introduce another three Young-Old retirement communities and see what they have in common. What can we pick up from these, sometimes absurd, retirement contexts? And do these cases help us find answers as to how to deal with population aging in cities?

In my last article, following architect Deane Simpson’s ‘Young-Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society’ (2015), we explored the world’s largest age-segregated community – The Villages of Florida, USA –

What is the relationship between aging populations and cities? How can we advance more innovative, age-inclusive cities as we face rapid demographic transitions? These questions form the foundation of CITIES’ research agenda.
What is the relationship between aging populations and cities? How can we advance more innovative, age-inclusive cities as we face rapid demographic transitions? These questions form the foundation of CITIES’ new research agenda.

We have a method for project development and implementation at CITIES. To give a rough breakdown, it begins with research into a pressing global issue. Following careful analysis, we seek

What can we learn from the world’s largest age-segregated community – The Villages of Florida, USA? Is it really just some sort of Disney World for seniors on steroids or is there more to it? This is the second instalment of our research journey into the relationship between aging populations and cities.

  Inhabitants of The Villages are leading active lifestyles (Source: suncruisin.files.wordpress.com) We follow architect Deane Simpson in his investigation of a number of exemplary retirement communities and contexts around the

What is the relationship between aging populations and cities? How can we advance more innovative, age-inclusive cities? This is the first installment of our research journey into this topic. We invite you to join us in our discoveries.

Sun City segregated living, Arizona, USA Rapid demographic transformations across the globe make one of the most burning questions of our time evermore relevant: how do we deal with population

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