DWELL Research Findings

Use the menu or scroll through this page to browse a selection of reports and design outputs produced by the EPSRC-funded DWELL research project.

Further research papers are planned for publication in 2017, and will be added to this page once published.

Age-friendly Housing

Designing with Downsizers

This report sets out our findings from 3 years co-design work with third-agers in Sheffield, including downsizing aspirations and prototypes for a new generation of ‘downsizer’ homes.

Downsizer Housetypes

Further details and specifications for the six ‘downsizer’ housing typologies co-designed by DWELL researchers and participants.

Access Standards

This interactive table helps designers and developers to compare current and recent UK housing accessibility standards.

Unapproved Doc O – Design for Ageing

A speculation on how Design for Ageing could be described within the framework of the English Building Regulations.

Specialist Housing

Retirement Housing in Sheffield: Supply and Demand to 2034

Developed in collaboration with Sheffield City Council, this report models specialist retirement housing supply/ demand and affordability in Sheffield to 2034.

Extra-care Housing: Brief development

Written for for commissioners, designers, and developers, this working paper highlights common briefing and early-stage design issues in extra-care housing.

A Home for Life: A Critical Perspective on Housing Choice for ‘Downsizers’ in the UK

Paper published in Architecture_MPS Journal (April 2016) by Dr Adam Park & Dr Friederike Ziegler. The paper critiques existing discourses around housing and ageing, and set out a measures to improve the choice, quality, and flexibility of housing for later life.

Age-friendly Neighbourhoods

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The Age-friendly Built Environment

Interactive map exploring how the built environment can support mobility and well-being.

Dore Village

This publication proposes 8 Future Visions for an Age-friendly Neighbourhood in Sheffield. The proposals were co-designed with local residents in Dore.

Sylvester Gardens

Located on a vacant housing site in Sheffield city centre, this Age-friendly city living scheme was co-designed with Sheffield residents.

DWELL Research events

Fit for Ageing Workshop

Written report, images, and videos from the final DWELL workshop on delivering Age-friendly places (October 2016).

DWELL Stakeholder Workshop

‘Working together to make Sheffield a city for all ages': Written report from the first DWELL stakeholder workshop (September 2014).

DWELL Research process


Co-design Process

Details and images of the co-design methods used in the DWELL research project.

Project Framework

Document setting out the baseline and guiding principles for the DWELL research. (July 2014).