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Towards the all age friendly city

1st Oct: New report explores how we can make our cities work for everyone

1st October 2014

We've been working with the Bristol School of Graduate Education to explore how we can create and maintain socially cohesive cities that suit the needs of citizens of all ages. This report, Towards The All-Age-Friendly City draws together this work.

The report finds that inter-generational trust, built through frequent encounters and better-designed housing and transport is key to an all-age-friendly city. The report depicts possible ideas for improving cities, from digital aids for encouraging accidental encounters between generations, to sentiment mapping and modular housing for intergenerational relationships. It explores how shared service hubs could bring generations together, as well as skill-based currencies and digital platforms that could enable a shift from generations co-habiting in public space to true sharing.
The report looks at the intersection between the World Health Organisation’s work on age-friendly cities and UNICEF’s work on child-friendly cities. It aims to spot potential conflicts in the design and use of cities by older and younger citizens, as well as understand where these groups of citizens have the same needs and so can use cities in new collaborative ways.
You can download the report here. You may also be interested in reading the Silver Linings report from RIBA which has guided some of our work on ageing in the city.

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