On 11th July 2018 Julia Park wrote:

Launch of 'Age-Friendly Housing'

Our latest book, 'Age-Friendly Housing: Future Housing for Older People', written by myself and Jeremy Porteus, was launched at the RIBA last night. The top floor Wren Room was the perfect setting for our 100 or so guests, many of whom contributed to what we always hoped would be a collaborative piece of work.

It was a lovely, relaxed evening. Lord Best, who continues to worked tirelessly in this field, noted how far we’ve come in the nine years since the first HAPPI report was published, and that we no longer have to look elsewhere for inspiring examples of age-friendly housing. Maria Brenton talked passionately about New Ground, a co-housing scheme in Barnet that is attracting huge attention (one of the book’s 15 case studies) and Helen Hayes MP (former Director at Allies and Morrison) showed a real understanding about the importance of design in the built environment. As she said, there has been a collective failure to plan for the fact that we are living longer, but it is now one of the most pressing, global challenges. We hope the book contributes to the long overdue debate about how to live better as well as longer.

Buy your copy via the RIBA Bookshop here.