Hvorfor er mobilitet så viktig for å skape et aldersvennlig Oslo?

Source: Systematica

Da Oslos eldre innbyggere ble spurt om hva som opptar dem, sto transport øverst på lista. Dette vil kanskje overraske noen, men det gir mening når vi anerkjenner den sentrale rollen transportmidler har i å forme byene og livsstilen vår.

Helt siden den industrielle revolusjonen har transportmidler symbolisert potensialet til og kampen mellom teknologiske paradigmer. Dette er en gjensidig skapende prosess som har innvirkning på alle aspekter av livene våre. Dampmaskinene symboliserte sin epoke, og bilen har dominert siden tidlig på 1900-tallet. En rask titt på hvordan byene våre er utformet avslører bilens totaldominans. Uten bilen ville ikke forstadslivet være mulig.

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The London Design Museum Challenge to the Dominant Perspective on Ageing

From January 12th to February 19th the London Design Museum had an exhibition dedicated to the demographic change. Entitled “New Old” the exhibition looked at how design can help people lead fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives into old age.

The curator, Jeremy Myerson, a renowned academic dedicated to people-centred and inclusive design, could not be clearer about his perspective on the dominant perception about old-age:

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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

Age-Smart Cities

In this video (published in February 2013) IBM presents their view for an “Age-Smart City”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDvW8R4BL0I

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.

Young vs Old: A glimpse into the technology industry workforce relationships

Asok is an Indian intern in the famous comic strip Dilbert. He is brilliant and one of the most efficient workers at the office. Despite of his excellent performance, he is never hired as an employee and is often denied the use of company resources.

In these two Dilbert strips from 2006 and 2010, Asoks interaction with older workers can give us an interesting glimpse of the challenges faced by the technology industry.

http://dilbert.com/strip/2006-11-24

http://dilbert.com/strip/2006-11-24

Is there a real conflict between generations?
Does inter-generational teams affect the work environment?
Is experience still relevant?
Etc…

Source: http://dilbert.com/strip/2010-12-23

Source: http://dilbert.com/strip/2010-12-23