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Age-Friendly Cities and CommunitiesA Global Perspective$
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Tine Buffel, Sophie Handler, and Chris Phillipson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331315

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331315.001.0001

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Alternative age-friendly initiatives: redefining age-friendly design

Alternative age-friendly initiatives: redefining age-friendly design

(p.211) Eleven Alternative age-friendly initiatives: redefining age-friendly design
Age-Friendly Cities and Communities

Sophie Handler

Policy Press

Chapter 11 identifies new and creative ways in which architects, artists and designers might be drawn into debates around age-friendly urban practice. The chapter describes the way in which current understandings of age-friendly design are limited and how an emerging field of socially engaged design practice can be harnessed to reinvigorate the terms of age-friendly debate and practice – drawing a new generation of designers into conversation with age-friendly policy. By redefining what we mean by age-friendly design, it becomes possible, this chapter argues, to expand and invigorate the field of age-friendly practice, enabling creative practitioners to engage with and creatively inform age-friendly policymaking.

Keywords:   Age-friendly cities and communities, Population ageing, Urban planning, Urban design, Participatory design, Coproduction, Community empowerment

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