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Urbanism Lunch Hour: A focus on housing for older people in multi -generational neighbourhoods

May 22, 2020 @ 13:00 - 14:00 BST

We’re calling on Academicians to volunteer to speak at one of our upcoming series of our online Urbanism Lunch Hours. These events are open to all Academicians and Young Urbanist members.

A focus on smart age-friendly housing:  planning considerations and design options to catalyse the creation of responsive multi-generational neighbourhoods.

In this lunchtime session we will explore how  innovation can put “life in the years” of older people in our new post COVID 19 world. Most older people wish to continue living in mixed age communities. Ian Spero will inspire us that  neighbourhoods can encourage wellbeing and reduce isolation. How can stakeholders and older adults make the dream a reality?

Liz Loughran will consider Needs Assessments with reference to the future demand for housing and support services. Future planning will need to match rolling changes in supply and demand which never stands still. Councils, developers and the care industry need to work from a joint strategy supported by annual guidance. This strategy can be enabled by increasing the use of technologies in the home and in the wider neighbourhood to improve service delivery and other measures to support health and well being.


Liz Loughran, Managing Director, Line Planning. Liz is a dual qualified consultant of 25 years’ experience in town planning and law with previous experience as a planning solicitor. She makes proposals to bring planning strategy, health and well-being together in the context of policy, guidance and regulation.

Ian Spero is founder of the Agile Ageing Alliance (AAA), which aims to demonstrate that through innovations in technology, business and service models, our smart age-friendly homes and multigenerational neighbourhoods of the future can enable people to enjoy longer, healthier, happier and more agile lives, leading to a reduction of the financial burden on Citizens and State. Ian is currently leading an ISO working group planning to establish a global standards frameworks for multigenerational neighbourhoods. Ian also serves as a Monitoring Officer for Innovate UK, responsible for promoting commercialization and safeguarding public investment in an exciting range of innovative early stage product & service development initiatives.


Janet Sutherland, The Academy of Urbanism and Housing Consultant

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If you have any queries please contact Olga Gaitani on og@academyofurbanism.org.uk.


May 22, 2020
13:00 - 14:00 BST
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