EUTOPIA 75+ : exploratory futures scenarios for baby boomers’ preferred living spaces

Wright, David L., Buys, Laurie, Vine, Desley, Xia, Bo, Skitmore, Martin, Drogemuller, Robin, Kennedy, Rosemary, & Lei, Mei (2014) EUTOPIA 75+ : exploratory futures scenarios for baby boomers’ preferred living spaces. Journal of Futures Studies, 19(2), pp. 41-60.

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Australia is experiencing the global phenomenon of an ageing population with the baby boomer generation starting to reach retirement age in large numbers. As a result, there is a growing need for appropriate accommodation and this will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. However, the needs of the fit, mobile and techno savvy baby boomers are likely to be far different from those of previous generations of older people, but are as yet unknown and unanticipated.

This paper reports on the findings of a Futuring research project to explore the preferred housing futures for the baby boomer generation in the city of Brisbane, an aspiring creative city in South East Queensland (SEQ), Australia. Their future home design and service needs are predicted by firstly employing a global environmental scan of related and associated ageing futures issues. This was followed by a micro-Futuring workshop, based on Inayatullah’s Futures Triangle Analysis, to identify a range of scenarios.

The key aspects of the workshop culminated in the development of a Transformational Scenario – EUTOPIA 75+. From this, a suite of six design recommendations for seniors’ housing design and smart services provision are synthesised to give a sense of direction of preferred living styles, especially in terms of physical housing spaces, with a view to identifying new house design opportunities for the allied industries and research organisations. The issues identified are also of concern for aged care service providers, retirement living developers, and for academics involved in the social and physical design of living spaces for older people.

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ID Code: 79809
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ageing Futures, Brisbane, Design, Housing, Smart Services, Transformational Scenario
ISSN: 1027-6084
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Journal of Futures Studies
Deposited On: 08 Jan 2015 04:51
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 14:02

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