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    Towards All Age Friendly Cities.

    Working paper 1 of the Bristol All-Age Friendly City group

    Citation

    Facer, K, Manchester, H & Horner, L, 2014, ‘Towards All Age Friendly Cities.: Working paper 1 of the Bristol All-Age Friendly City group’. Future Cities Catapult

    Abstract

    The All-Age-Friendly City project, carried out in Spring-Summer 2014,
    emerged from a desire to imagine the future city from the perspectives of
    those people – children and older adults – who are too often overlooked in the
    design and planning of cities today.
    Today, reports on ‘the Smart City’ tend to make little or no mention of the
    wide variety of different age groups living in cities, or of the different and
    sometimes shared needs of a multi-generational city. This is not just an
    inevitable oversight that arises when working age adults design
    infrastructure. It is also a serious flaw in the design imagination shaping the
    future city: significant amounts of public expenditure go precisely to these age
    groups and to those institutions and services responsible for addressing the
    interests of children and older adults. If we want a future city that is adequate
    to the people living in it, therefore, designers, policy makers, developers and
    planners need to think carefully about all ages and stages of life.
    To begin to address this issue, the All-Age-Friendly City project brought
    together researchers working in childhood and aging, members of local
    government, artists, community groups, computer scientists, developers,
    planners and practitioners working with children and older adults, to develop
    ideas about how cities might better meet the needs and interests of our oldest
    and youngest generations.
    This first working paper builds on desk research and workshops conducted by
    the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, in collaboration with
    the Future Cities Catapult in Spring/Summer 2014. It outlines why designing
    the All-Age-Friendly city is an urgent contemporary concern, the resources
    that are available to us to do this, and identifies four key areas for future
    development:

    Full details in the University publications repository