Involving older people in the design of cities
Staff in Sociology and MICRA (Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing) have published a new book, Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: A Global Perspective. The book highlights new approaches to involving older people in the design of cities.
Editors Tine Buffel, Sophie Handler and Chris Phillipson examine the potential of developing urban environments that respond to the needs of older people. The book brings together leading researchers and policy-makers working to develop age-friendly cities and communities.
The editors gathered case studies and examples of good practice from Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, and the USA. The book highlights new approaches to involving older people in the design of cities, and provides a manifesto for the age-friendly movement, focused around tackling social inequality and promoting community empowerment. In developing its approach, the book crosses a range of disciplinary boundaries including architecture, sociology, social policy, urban geography, and urban planning.