Designing homes for an ageing population

Penny - Kiwi Population

Penny lives in New Zealand where she looks after our clients, which include a rapidly growing number of Local Governments, Universities and Central Government departments. She plays an important role in listening to their needs and feeding those back to the development team at .id. Penny has extensive experience as a Communication Manager in Local Government and has a degrees in Business and Communications. She also brings a breadth of generalist management experience in fields as varied as research, civil defence, project and event management, marketing and training. Penny’s knowledge combined with the .id tools help clients work with their communities to empower grass roots decision-making, advocacy and grant applications, and focus on strengthening council-community relationships. Penny has a rural property and enjoys growing and eating food and wine, which she runs, walks, bikes or swims off, when she’s not in the art studio.

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  1. Guy Luscombe says:

    Just saw this but to add to the discussion, I recently completed a travelling scholarship that looked at innovative buildings for the aged in Europe. Called ‘the NANA project: new architecture for the new aged’ it looked at a number of different features that could be included when designing for older people beyond the standard more physically based Universal Designs interventions. I talked a bit about this on Radio NZ recently. http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/201765994

  2. Alex Macvean says:

    In Australia there is a slow movement towards livable housing design (http://livablehousingaustralia.org.au/) to replace the Australian Standard for Adaptable Housing. Some of the challenges experienced in introducing these initiatives in my experience, have been associated with additional costs in construction, limited number of accredited certifiers and in NSW – the move to complying development codes which do not standardise these provisions across all new housing types. Interestingly, once you have been in a ‘livable’ dwelling, it is easy to see how they are not just suitable for occupants with/facing physical challenges, but are very family friendly in their step-free and open plan design.

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