What will ageing in place look like in 2050?

In early February two of the PDT team; Natasha Prasek and Laura James, attended the Longevity by Design charrette held at the University of Queensland.  A joint initiative of The University of Queensland‘s Healthy Ageing Initiative and DMA Engineers, with support from event partners Paynters and Redland City Council, the charrette brought together 121 people from more than 60 private and community-based organisations, government bodies and educational institutions to challenge the way we currently design communities and buildings for life in later years.

The charette was facilitated by Dr Rosemary Kennedy, and sixteen teams formed of various design disciplines and organisations took on a design challenge set in the Redlands. Teams had a choice of three sites to work on – Victoria Point, Mt Cotton and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands – and they were challenged to create visionary, innovative and highly connected design to meet the needs of future seniors in 2050.

Throughout the day various guest speakers from Redland City Council, Longevity Alliance Australia, UQ Healthy Ageing Initiative, The Longevity Economy and Transport, Mobility, Social Factors Inclusion Professor, spoke to inspire the teams and challenge any pre-existing convictions about ageing in place and the demographic sites.  A pitch coach came in at the end of the day to help the teams prepare for a design pitch of their concept with a confined time limit of 3 minutes per pitch. 

Natasha and Laura were allocated to Team 7 along with industry professionals from DMA Engineers, Leffler Simes Architects and Eco Lateral. Their design concept was based around the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, in particular Macleay Island.  The vision behind thier concept was to create a framework to govern and direct change that is transferable across other islands and is a community lead initiative that maintains the island’s identity and fosters meaningful relationships and positive connectivity within the community. 

The concept aims to create an anti-ageist approach to seniors living that is non-segregational, inclusive and diverse amongst society.  It aimed to harness intellect, skills and life experiences and provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange and give all people a purpose and reason to feel engaged in a community that sometimes can be disconnected and isolating. Their proposed timeline shows how the vision has scalable outcomes and can incrementally be rolled out and can be adaptable to future technology.

On the 27th of February all the teams were required to regroup and pitch their ideas to a panel on the future of senior living design for the Redlands to suggest what ageing in place looks like in 30 years’ time. 

Click here to see ‘Team 7’ in action. 

Click here for more information on the event.

PDT Architects 30th Apr 2020


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