Housing for Generations - a Participatory and Needs-Based Approach to Housing for the Elderly.
In this context the proposed contribution is based on a research and implementation project called “Smart Housing for Generations” conducted in Vienna by an interdisciplinary committee including researchers, social workers and non-profit housing constructors. The project aims at developing modernization plans for two Viennese housing complexes that were both built with public subsidies in the 1960-70s. The modernization plans encompass social as well as spatial and constructional aspects with a special emphasis on integrating the needs of the mainly older residents in a participatory way.
The contribution will explore potentials and challenges of a participatory and needs-based approach to creating housing for older people. We will discuss methods used for participation of residents, reflect on formats for communication between different stakeholder groups (housing constructors, residents, caregivers etc.) and present aspects of the resulting plans for modernizations in the housing estates.