Design challenge for the future of senior living

A design challenge set to take place in February will ask participants to imagine how Australia will manage its aged care system in 2050.

The Longevity by Design challenge is convened by The University of Queensland’s Healthy Aging Initiative and DMA Engineers, and will involve teams of four to eight people competing on a site in the Redlands in Brisbane.

The organizers are soliciting the participation of architects, as well as transport and urban planners, engineers, interior designers, social scientists, health and community practitioners, educators, psychologists, visual artists, builders, marketers, built environment professionals and representatives from government.

Teams will be challenged to speculate on and describe what aged care will look like in 2050, the Australian government estimates around a quarter of the country’s population will be aged 65 and over.

The charette portion of the event will take place first on 6 February, with final pitches for ideas given to an audience of industry professionals on 27 February.

Participants will be given a choice of three speculative sites and “challenged to create visionary, innovative and highly connected design to meet the needs of future seniors in 2050.”

The charette will be facilitated by Rosemary Kennedy, leader of the Subtropical Cities Consultancy and adjunct associate professor of architecture at QUT.

For more information, go here.

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