Leveraging this community mentality can facilitate housing that considers the neighbourhood beyond the ownership of our four walls or the space within a fenced boundary. Neighbouring homes can look at the strengths that each one brings to the community table: one has great space for food gardens; one has a great hobby-shed; the other extra storage; the last one a perfect space for children to play.
Developments that consider this detail across a mix of ages, cultures and socioeconomics, and how these interact become invaluable in today’s increasingly introverted and online society. Extracting the richness, support and opportunities a diversely responsive development provides is another way we can support socially and environmentally rich communities.
With this in mind, we reflect on the value of designing for as many people as possible. Let’s look for opportunities to house the elderly alongside young couples and families and create environments which facilitate a sense of community and ageing in place – a hot topic in our country’s current age cycle. Doing these things will not only improve liveability, but provide a quality contribution to people’s lives for generations.