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Title: Imagining intergenerational space in the public realm; seniors, children and materiality
Authors: Grzeda, John James
Keywords: Ageism;children;heterotopias;intergenerational;materiality;protopia;public space;seniors
Issue Date: 12-Apr-2023
Abstract: Intergenerational design is an overlooked design consideration typically not included into the configuration of urban public spaces. The expected increase of seniors in city and global scales demands a reexamination of our urban fabric and an integration of this growing demographic. Through the use of materiality in architecture as a medium, it is hypothesized that it can trigger interactions and relationships between generations. The research builds on existing intergenerational theory, but attempts to impose it into the public space context. It is through an intergenerational approach that designers can combat ageism and mend generational segregation; self inflicted or externally imposed. By analyzing public space through the lens of material culture and heterotopias, and introducing the notion of transformative space, the site moves beyond the static limitations of heterotopia. Chestnut Street in Toronto was chosen as a place for criticizing and bettering the existing generational social structure in North American society.
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