The Urbanist

How do we age in our cities?

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31 March 2016

Episode 233

30 minutes

As more and more people move to cities, it is important to ensure the built environment is prepared to receive them at all stages in life. This week it’s all about urban ageing: from an architect’s solution to the global ageing crisis, to designing “age-friendly” cities. Plus: we examine Tokyo’s relationship with its senior citizens and hear about Helsinki’s new project that’s pairing up young and old.

31 March 2016

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Architect Matthias Hollwich and his solution to the ageing crisis

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Longevity is slowly changing the urban landscape of our cities and it has become vital to rethink how we approach age around the globe. This was the starting point for architect Matthias Hollwich, who has just released a book called ‘New Aging’ together with the residential-tower prototype Skyler to better illustrate his ideas.

6 minutes

Chapter 2

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Photo: Hajime Nagahata

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Tokyo’s senior citizens

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Monocle’s Tokyo bureau chief Fiona Wilson tells us a bit about Tokyo’s seniors and their relationship with the city.

4 minutes

Chapter 3

5 minutes


Photo: Garry Knight

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“Age-friendly” cities

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Sophie Handler has been researching ageing and urbanisation for more than 10 years. Currently at the University of Manchester, she’s exploring people’s changing relationships with urban space in older age.

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Chapter 4

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Photo: Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho

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Helsinki’s cross-generational housing

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Promoted by the City of Helsinki’s Youth Department, a new project is pairing up young and old all under one roof – or at least one building. We hear more about the initiative and how it is promoting a healthy and much-needed coexistence between generations.

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Chapter 5

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Photo: Wyn Van Devanter

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Secretary Sam Verghese and Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs

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With more than 4.9 million elders, Florida is the US state with the largest elderly population. Such astonishing numbers are not easy to manage so we spoke to secretary Sam Verghese about his work.

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