At risk of enjoyment

Hilder, B., 2001, At risk of enjoyment, in: Landscape Design, 299,

  • Author : Hilder, B.
  • Year : 2001
  • Journal/Series : Landscape Design
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 299
  • Pages : 17-18
  • Abstract in English : Current projections suggest that over 20 per cent of the population is over 60, and this is set to rise to almost 28 per cent by 2026 when the “Baby Boom” population born in the 1950s and 60s will all reach personable age. The impacts on the society (UK), both beneficial and adverse, will be huge. Design for ageing population has traditionally focussed on safety. But, older people stand to gain psychologically and socially from an element of adventure and playability in the public realm. The designs of our open spaces need to reinforce this by becoming more challenging, exciting and functional to accommodate the elderly. We need to study the movement pattern and habits of older people in open space in the same way that we study children in playgrounds, etc.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: elderly, recreation urban open space, design. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.