Regeneration: Designing Intergenerational Communities

Regeneration: Designing Intergenerational Communities

Raimy Cheyne

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The Center for Public Interest Design at Portland State University’s School of Architecture is hosting a design competition to explore new models in intergenerational housing. The competition sponsors are seeking to integrate an aging population into an active university setting in a way that improves community engagement and decreases isolation for community members of all ages. The new generation of seniors is looking for a setting that provides opportunities for lifelong learning, cultural activities, physical fitness, and other amenities that are common on university campuses. Meanwhile, college students often have limited interaction with the elderly and could benefit from the wisdom and life experiences of older residents as they start their adult lives. A site near Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey was chosen as an ideal location to create a model intergenerational community that takes into account the unique challenges and lifestyles of all age groups, but particularly seniors and students.