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Solving Age-Friendly Dilemmas

A heritage of Roman culture developed by Portuguese during the nineteenth century, the Portuguese pavement is a good example of the potential dilemmas that can arise from age-friendly initiatives. That ancient city technology is not only a smart and eco-friendly solution but also an infinite source of inspiration for artists.

Photo by: Ricardo Ferreira
Photo by: Ricardo Ferreira

However, when it comes to pedestrian safety, in particular the safety of frail citizens, the Portuguese pavement might not be the most adequate technology available. In fact, it might represent a significant increased risk.Read More »Solving Age-Friendly Dilemmas

Age-Smart Cities

In this video (published in February 2013) IBM presents their view for an “Age-Smart City”: As usual, the perspective about ageing is pretty narrow. However, the video can be a good starting point for a discussion and brings some interesting examples.

Gerontolescence and urban utopias


Young-old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society is the title of the new book(s) published by Deane Simpson. The book explores the impact of population ageing in the making of urban spaces (territories).

The author’s study on eccentric cases is an inspiring journey. However, it might generate some misunderstandings and ultimately, not provide an accurate perspective with regards to the main challenges posed by population-ageing in cities.

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Ageing in Cities

OECD (2015), Ageing in Cities, OECD Publishing, Paris
OECD (2015), Ageing in Cities, OECD Publishing, Paris

OECD new report explores the roles of cities on ageing societies by answering an important question: “How are urban populations ageing?”

One of the main findings on this report is the fact that within OECD metropolitan areas, the older population is growing faster than the total population.

The report also shows that ageing trends are different between OECD metropolitan areas (functional urban areas) and non-metropolitan areas. While metropolitan areas are marginally younger than non-metropolitan areas, the number of older people is increasing faster: 23.8 % vs. 18.2 % during 2001-2011.

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