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Ageing High-Rise Neighbourhoods

Challenges and Solutions for Ageing High-Rise Neighbourhoods in Japan and the UK

Maxwell Hartt

This collaboration aims to share knowledge and experience of historic and current practice and research on ageing high-rise neighbourhoods in the UK and Japan to identify future challenges and develop solutions.

Through a series of workshops, site visits, and collaborations, we are integrating and advancing our understanding of how to manage the linked concerns of demographic and physical ageing, referred to here as double-ageing, of high-rise neighbourhoods. Our activities focus on three broad areas of concern to double-ageing high-rise neighbourhoods; impacts of an ageing population on existing high-rise neighbourhoods, the influence of design and planning in addressing or exacerbating double-ageing, and the role of housing tenure, management, and adaptability in older high-rise developments.

Drawing on a range of disciplinary and contextual knowledge we are identifying issues to these present day built environment challenges as well as future solutions. To achieve this the project brings together expertise on the study of the built environment from a range of disciplines, including, geography, urban planning, sociology, and urban design. In doing so we aim to contribute to a deeper understanding of the role of path dependency, demographic change, the lived experience, and design in double-ageing high-rise neighbourhoods.

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