Towards Bridging the Generation Gap: Exploring Old Adults and Adolescent Youths’ Perceptions of Open Spaces Supportive of their Social Interaction Needs

Ramezani, Najmeh and Chau, Loon Wai (2011) Towards Bridging the Generation Gap: Exploring Old Adults and Adolescent Youths’ Perceptions of Open Spaces Supportive of their Social Interaction Needs. In: The 12th International Seminar on Environment and Architecture, 10-11th November 2011, Universitas Brawijaya.

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Abstract

Urban parks offer great opportunities for casual extra‐familial intergenerational interaction between the elderly and youths. This paper explores the elderly and youths’ perceptions of open spaces in terms of their social interaction needs, hoping to better inform future design of open spaces that better meet their social needs and increase their co‐presence and casual interaction. Using Layne’s five conditional affordances as the inquiry framework, it is found that both age groups share much similarity in their perception of the conditional affordances in open spaces, pointing to potentials in designing for more inclusive open spaces that support spontaneous, nonfamilial intergenerational interaction.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Open space, Non‐familial cross‐generational interaction, social sustainability
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Urban and Regional Planning
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:47
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:47
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/121

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