Mixed age-appropriate community
In recent years there has been an increasing emphasis on the environment and overall ambience of the communities in which people live, and this is a very important part of urban design. Every city is made up of individual communities.
Humans are social beings. Contact with family,friends, and social circles is not just pleasurable, it is essential. An individual’s very sense of self is shaped and maintained through social life. The quality and quantity of social interaction and sense of belonging strongly influence physical and mental health (House, Landis, and Umberson 1988; Lomas 1998; Cohen 2004).
Fig.1.0.Image by Huangyun Zhou
Different age groups have different needs for community. Older people may need good health support and good community functions to make them want to get out of the house to find their hobbies (e.g. participating in community public classes, reading or something as simple as growing vegetables and fruits, etc.). Middle-aged people may need a relatively spacious home to live in with their partner and children, a small yard, easy parking and rubbish disposal. For young people, who may not need a large home, a cost effective home with easy access to amenities9 such as a gym, activity room and easy access to public transport would be their choice.
Fig.1.1. Different Type Of The Buildings by Huangyun Zhou
In this semester’s housing design course I have tried to plan a community with different types of housing such as retreats, youth flats, townhouses and services, as a result of the ageing population and the diversity of life in the city. The community is alive with residents, employees and visitors of all ages. I want the community to be comfortable for children, young people, seniors and the elderly, especially those who need more care to enjoy the same quality of life as people of other ages. The green spaces within the site are divided into private, shared and public. The different green spaces echo the different functions of the buildings. I have also tried to use Passivhaus in the design to save more energy for the community.The Passivhaus offers improved comfort with very low energy consumption. The building is built with great attention to detail, has a strict specification and has to pass a rigorous review.
Fig.1.2. Goldsmith Street (https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/88435992)
When people of all ages can find a sense of presence and their ideal function in a community, this makes them feel happy and more inclined to choose such a community.This can also lead to the development of cities and a sense of well-being and economic development.
1.Stafford, Philip B. The Global Age-friendly Community Movement : A Critical Appraisal. 2019. Life Course, Culture and Aging: Global Transformations ; Volume 5. Web.
2.Goldsmith Street ( https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/88435992)