Resilience, ageing, and adapting to change

Kay Saville-Smith; Bev James

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

This report from the 2017 Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Conference looks at architecture and urban design as pivotal factors in successfully engaging with and solving the issues of population aging and environmental sustainability. Three big challenges were identified: the stigmatisation of aging; that fully supporting diversity requires involving more disciplines in urban design; and that older people and their families must be involved and engaged, even if this is difficult.

Other reports associated with this research

James, B. (2021). Ageing in place as an older tenant: Independence and uncertainty. Research Bulletin for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, Affordable Housing for Generations. August 2021, 5pgs. Wellington: BBHTC.

Saville-Smith, K. (2020). From vicious to virtuous: Repositioning New Zealand’s housing to sustain better later lives. Chapter in: B. Judd, K. Tanoue, & E. Liu, (Eds.) Ageing in Place: Design, Planning and Policy Response in the Western Asia-Pacific. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono

News: Passive Low-Energy Architecture 2017: Design to Thrive

29 March 2018: On 2 to 5 July 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland, hosted the 33rd Passive and Low-Energy Architecture (PLEA) conference. Cresa’s Kay Saville-Smith and Dr Bev James from the BBHTC Understanding and Re-tooling the Architecture and Logistics of Decision-making research programme presented a paper on Resilience, Ageing, and Adapting to Change. >> Read More.

News: Building solutions for changing needs

11 March 2019: New Zealand has struggled to deliver new builds that are accessible to all ages and abilities. Now, a Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities research project is looking at ways to deliver affordable functional housing, particularly for older people. >> Read More.

Radio: Flatting for the over 65s

1 October 2018: RNZ, Lately with Karyn Hay, interview with Dr Kay Saville-Smith. Kay discusses the burgeoning renters sector, predicting that in 20 years’ time more than half of those over 65 will be renting – and even now many are turning to flatting. >> Listen Here.

Radio: RNZ The Panel with David Cormack and Ali Jones

1 September 2021: Listen from 11:15 for a radio interview with researcher Dr Kay Saville-Smith on life for older renters and the impact.

Media article: Renting in retirement: Divorce, financial shocks and illness revealed in new research

NZ Herald article by reporter Ben Leahy

4 August 2021: Reporter Ben Leahy discusses recent BBHTC research in a special edition of the New Zealand Population Review journal with researcher Dr Kay Saville-Smith. >> Read More.

Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

Housing, ageing, older people, older tenants, ageing in place, homeownership, independence and wellbeing

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Population Demographics; Age and aging; Housing security and mental health


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha

Conference Proceedings

Citation – Kupu Hautoa

Saville-Smith, K. & James, B. (2018). Resilience, ageing, and adapting to change. In Roaf, S., Brotus, L. & Nicol, F. (Eds.), Design to Thrive: Legacy Document (pp. 47- 50). 33rd PLEA International conference 2017. Edinburgh: PLEA.

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