From WHO’s work on Healthy Cities and Age-Friendly Cities through to more recent research, it is evident that our ability to have a healthy and happy life is not built from interactions with our medical advisor but from our ability to make good choices in everyday life. This discussion considers how these ideas have informed age-friendly place making, the Scottish concept of Caring Places and the global growth of 15-minute neighbourhoods. In many of these concepts and strategies the emphasis is on developing inter-generational space that promotes community cohesion and investment in the local economy.
While a focus on shared space may drive our thinking on place however and, in spite, of the increased interest in multi-generational housing, there is still an increasing segregation of housing and services along generational lines. Our recent shared experience of living through Covid 19 and our awareness of the ongoing pandemic of isolation and loneliness, should be underpinning a greater diversity of choices for later life. In the UK this is not happening because we have left the decision of what housing is built to the market. In her lecture, Prof. Rose Gilroy addresses this situation and how we can promote change. She will be introduced by Prof. Hilde Heynen. Prof. Mieke Deschodt and Prof. Pascal De Decker will join Prof. Gilroy in discussion.
This event is part of the current LIAS project on New living arrangements for the boomer generation.
For complex challenges an interdisciplinary synthesis can be more important and more relevant than technical and disciplinary expertise. Global problems require an international synthesis.