During the last 10-15 years we have witnessed an increasing lack of affordable housing in Sydney and other urban Australian centres. Gentrification of inner city suburbs are pushing low-income earners from desirable areas out into less desirable fringes of the city, creating mono cultural and single zoned districts of middle to high income earning people of a similar age demographic. There is a widely recognised shift from home buying to renting for young people, at the same time outright home ownership has been falling for people aged 55+ with increasing numbers of people in their 50s and 60s renting.
In this studio we will be looking at how to design a successful intergenerational environment creating dense and flexible work-live hybrid spaces, which can be made adaptable for an ageing population. The older user group is envisaged to be in the third quarter of life between 50 and 75 and physically and mentally still active. Although this older generation is in better health than previous generations, all older people will inevitably experience a decline in their mobility and physical strength as well as physical changes affecting their sensory system. Design strategies need to include a physical environment accommodating those needs.
BIO: Monika Proepper has over 15 years of experience as an architect in the UK and Australia, nine of which were gained in Sydney as a senior project architect working for Graham Jahn. Prior to gaining her MA in architecture at the University of Brighton in the UK, Monika completed an interior architecture degree in Wuppertal, Germany.