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Design for Ageing-in-place: Evidence from Australia  

Naseem Ahmadpour, Alen Keirnan 

Swinburne University of Technology

nahmadpour@swin.edu.au

Keywords: design, ageing-in-place, daily experience, well-being

Abstract

A growing number of the Australian population choose to maintain their independence as they age, referred herein as ageing-in-place. In our study, we seek to clarify a number of factors, derived from the literature in the field, that contribute to well-being of that population in residential villages. Field observation and in-depth interviews were conducted with eleven participants living in three different residential villages in Victoria, Australia. Four factors, namely identity, competence, relatedness and autonomy were found relevant to the well-being of the participants in everyday life. Each factor was then further described in terms of the qualities of the built and social elements of the context. A framework was subsequently proposed for designers to consider when designing future experiences in these types of private housing. 

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Cite this paper: Ahmadpour, N., Keirnan, A.. (2016). Design for Ageing-in-place: Evidence from Australia . Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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