Human Space collaborated on a research project with BDP Quadrangle and BDP's international studios from the UK and Singapore on the topic of age-friendly living.
The basis of the study is that third age seniors (people between retirement and age-related limitation) who enjoy relatively good health and mental competency can and should have viable options for long-term care. Approximately 70% of residents presently housed in long-term care facilities are people assessed with low or mild-to-moderate needs, which means that they do not actually need to be housed in a long-term care setting. Other disadvantages discovered in the current housing model include a lack of affordable, attractive and practical living spaces for people in the middle-income bracket, and the placement of long-term care facilities in the suburban fringes, cut off from amenities by wide roads, which can leave residents feeling isolated and disconnected from their communities.
We propose a design framework with four main pillars:
- balance of personal, social and community space;
- connecting with the neighbourhood;
- revitalizing and intensifying urban centres;
- modular construction.
These considerations are important not just for age-appropriate buildings, but they also help to establish age-friendly neighbourhoods at the macro level.
For more on what we discovered through our research and a detailed look at how we propose to improve housing options and quality of life for our older residents, see our full report here: Reimagining Age-Friendly Living Report