Fit for Ageing: Applying design to the production of age-friendly places

The Fit for Ageing workshop and dissemination event was devised to share DWELL research with project stakeholders and participants alongside academics and practitioners involved in developing Age-friendly places. The event co-organised with the Housing LIN and held at the Millennium Galleries in Sheffield.

The workshop provided an opportunity for a range of professionals and older residents to explore how creative design-led thinking can be applied to Age-friendly places – with the aim of developing new visions for our towns and cities and joining up diverse resources at time of shrinking budgets.

Working together in groups, workshop delegates tackled a series of real-world scenarios drawn from DWELL research findings. These scenarios included the impact of cuts to local services (library, buses, WCs) on the older population, competition for housing sites from student developers, and the politics of neighbourhood planning.

Details of the workshop outcomes can be downloaded via the link below, or scroll down to view presentations from the event.


DWELL Research Presentations

This series of short research presentations were recorded at the event. These keynote and DWELL presentations showcase a small sample of the research undertaken by DWELL from our work with local reseidents, the local authority and housing developers. For further details and downloads of our written and design-based outputs, please visit our outputs page.

Welcome & introduction – Prof Sarah Wigglesworth


Keynote presentation – Jeremy Porteus, Housing LIN


Co-design methods & ‘Designing with downsizers‘ report launch – Dr Adam Park


Attitudes and values in older people’s housing development – Dr Friederike Ziegler


Housing an ageing population in the era of austerity - Prof Malcolm Tait

Photography & editing: Will Armson