Shapping Ageing Cities

03/28/2017 - 14:46

‘Shaping ageing cities’ is a comparative overview of the performance of 10 European cities (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhague, Dublin, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris), according to ageing data and observing them under the lenses of society, mobility, built and digital environment as the basis to further investigate the correlation among politics, planning and ageing.

This study responds to two key issues: the global population is ageing at an unprecedented rate, and the global urban population is now larger than the rural population. In 2050, 70% of the world’s population is predicted to live in cities, and the number of people aged over 65, are expected to triple to 2 billion, representing 22% of the total. 

What issues, challenges and opportunities do older people face on a day to day basis in an urban context? What are the challenges and opportunities resulting from an ageing urban population? How can cities respond to this demographic change and deliver appropriate solutions? Cities and urban environments, as the places where human lived experience are concentrated, have the potential to help us in understanding the method with which to mitigate, adapt to or manage societal changes. Thus, they have a fundamental role in defi ning how to respond to our ageing society.

The study has been done by a multidisciplinary team involved which included Arup, HelpAge International, Intel ICRI Cities and Systematica. It is available here.