Infill development for older Australians

18 Jan 2013

Research undertaken by the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland could provide valuable lessons for Doncaster Hill.

The "Infill Development for Older Australians in South East Queensland" report is based on a research project conducted in partnership with people 55 years and older in southeast Queensland to design liveable, affordable and sustainable neighbourhoods and accommodation in infill areas.

The resulting principles and accommodation typologies not only confirm seniors’ innate understanding of some commonly accepted urban design principles, but they paint a vivid picture of what older people in a sub-tropical environment find appealing and supportive as they age.

Importantly, it illustrates the preferences of older people through their own photos and words, and provides examples of innovation achieved through a collaborative design process.

This book is intended to be used by developers, non-profit care providers, planners, builders, and policy-makers as a guide to how to meet the challenge of providing liveable safe spaces for older people in a densifying community. It provides justification for a change from ‘business as usual’, to delivering an accessible product to an increasingly knowledgeable and discerning seniors’ market.

For more information or to download the research findings, visit The University of the Sunshine Coast.