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dc.contributor.authorLui, Chaak San
dc.description.abstractRESEARCH QUESTION: How can a new approach to the housing development provide a better prospect for the fast-growing ageing population in New Zealand, by designing an age-friendly, sociable and supportive environment for its inhabitants? ABSTRACT: The population structure of New Zealand is going to encounter a dramatic change in the next few decades. As a result of the longer life expectancy and the declining fertility, the latest projection indicates that by 2050, approximately a quarter of the population will be aged 65 and over. By that time, Auckland will have the largest number of the ageing population amongst other regions. Nowadays, in many western societies including New Zealand, most of the elderly desire to age in their own homes and communities instead of entering traditional rest homes that often evoke the negative social perceptions, such as accepting of being dependent, frail and socially segregated. Nevertheless, despite the prevalence of “ageing in place”, the issues of loneliness and social isolation are still widespread amongst the elderly. The issues are notable and worthy of attention, not merely because loneliness and social isolation are painful, but also many scientific studies have proven that lack of social interaction can be harmful to one’s mental and physical health. As a unique discipline, architecture has its role and social responsibility to criticise and improve the existing housing typologies for the communities, as well as providing innovative design solutions that accommodate the challenges from the fast-growing ageing population. Thus, this project began with two fundamental questions: What is the missing piece if the ways of housing the elderly in New Zealand remains unexplored by architects and the design professionals? Second, how do we reduce the level of loneliness amongst the elderly and enrich their social life through architectural designs? Accordingly, this project evaluates how architecture can contribute to these issues and accommodate the social needs of the elderly, as well as investigating the opportunities in redesigning an alternative housing development that allows the elderly residents to stay within an age-friendly, sociable and supportive environment. SITE: Address: 65-67 Carlton Gore Road, 102-104 Park Road, Grafton 1023en_NZ
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dc.subjectCarlton Gore Road (Auckland, N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subjectPark Road (Auckland, N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subjectGrafton (Auckland, N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectolder peopleen_NZ
dc.subjectsuccessful ageingen_NZ
dc.subjectageing in placeen_NZ
dc.subjecthousing for older peopleen_NZ
dc.subjectbaby boom generationen_NZ
dc.subjectAuckland (N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.titleRegenerating social space to support the elderly : create an age-friendly, sociable and supportive housing environment for the ageing populationen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ
dc.rights.holderAuthoren_NZ of Architecture (Professional)en_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120101 Architectural Designen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden110308 Geriatrics and Gerontologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120503 Housing Markets, Development, Managementen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationLui, C. S. (2020). Regenerating social space to support the elderly : create an age-friendly, sociable and supportive housing environment for the ageing population. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeAuckland, New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.advisor.principalRennie, Julian
unitec.advisor.associatedSu, Bin

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