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MKids/MMeets/MTalks—Designing the age friendly city

8 Nov 2017

In countries with ageing populations—like Australia—cities are increasingly challenged with addressing this ‘new old’ age, and the issues of civic participation, medical care, pensions, public space, entertainment, access and accommodation that come along with it. These issues will not be solved by nursing homes and care facilities alone, and there is a radical potential in this shift of the bell curve. How can we reframe the conversation around designing cities for a diversity of ages and abilities?

Sibling Architecture hosts a day at MPavilion that investigates what can constitute an age-friendly city, by looking at ageing societies and the opportunities they can bring. In the morning, artist Tai Snaith constructs an intergenerational morning workshop for grandparents and children; in the afternoon, Arup presents an interactive workshop exploring how we might combine personal experiences and new technologies to shape ‘all-ages’ environments; while in the evening, the University of Melbourne’s Hallmark Ageing Research Institute (HARI) brings experts together to discuss on how we can adapt a city to make it more age-friendly.

10:00am-11:30am: Morning workshop with Tai Snaith
3:00pm-4:30pm: An interactive workshop with Arup
6:00pm-7:30pm: Panel discussion led by HARI

A senior citizen coffee discount will be available all day.

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Facilities:
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Kiosk
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Pets allowed, enquire on booking
  • Public toilet
Entry cost:

Free Entry

Accessibility:

  • Disabled access available, contact operator for details
  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
  • Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times
  • Suitable for guests with high support needs who uses a hoist and always travel with a carer
  • Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf
  • Suitable for guests with a vision impairment. Attained by providing for guests with partial vision impairment or total loss of useable vision