Planning neighbourhoods for all ages and abilities: A multi-generational perspective
Stafford, Lisa & Baldwin, Claudia (2015) Planning neighbourhoods for all ages and abilities: A multi-generational perspective. In Burton, Paul & Shearer, Heather (Eds.) Refereed Proceedings of State of Australian Cities Conference 2015, State of Australian Cities Research Network, Gold Coast, Qld.
Taking a more integrated approach to planning our neighbourhoods for the continuum of inhabitants’ ages and abilities makes sense given our current and future population composition. Seldom are the built environment requirements of diverse groups (e.g. children, seniors, and people with disability) synthesised, resulting in often unfriendly and exclusionary neighbourhoods. This often means people experience barriers or restriction on their freedom to move about and interact within their neighbourhood. Applying universal design to neighbourhoods may provide a bridging link. By presenting two cases from South-East Queensland (SEQ), Australia, through the lenses of different ages and abilities - older children with physical disabilities and their families (Stafford 2013, 2014) and seniors (Baldwin et al. 2012), we intend to increase recognition of users' needs and stimulate the translation of knowledge to the practice of planning inclusive neighbourhoods.
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