Natural Neighborhoods Graphic Courtesy of Ross Chapin Architects
Take a look at an interesting community culture - ecovillages, co-housing developments, naturally occurring communities (NOC) and in "old-timey" neighborhoods. Could be the next trend in a design for lifelong homes --and "aging-in-place" ? Scroll on down.
A culture of inter-generational community
While the concept may have originated elsewhere, it is gaining popularity and making a mark here in the USA.
Here we may see a nod to "the fair shake", equal status, and human asset management.
A survey from The Sage Companion Project asks : What is your sense about living in a community that embraces many age groups- an inter-generational community? Would you prefer to live alone? Would you prefer to live with a group of people of your own age? Would you prefer to live with people of the "boomer" generation, your children and your grandchildren? Or could you see yourself living in a small but elegant home- perhaps a Tumbleweed Cottage as seen just above?
New Vision of Aging - Active Lifestyle & Community
Research tells us that our connections with each other are as, or even more important as we add on the decades. At the age of eighty (80)
Research - Lifestyle Choices
Generation-conscious,sustainable communities can assure us
that our neighbors hold a commitment to a relationship with one
another. Do you like the idea of someone you know and care about looking in on you? YES ___ NO ___
To date, our surveys here at The Sage Companion indicate the answer to that question is a resounding- "YES!"
Whether you call it co-housing or a collaborative opportunity, the theme is active participation in the design and operation of a neighborhood. Regardless of age, people get together to figure out how it looks and feels.
Natural neighborhoods are places and communities where residents can enjoy a particular quality of life.This may include renewable energy systems. It may feature creature comforts and quality of life components such as a cafe, a neighborhood organic market, a local artisan's shop. Perhaps the vision will include a bakery, office and live-work space just off the road, and a little further into the neighborhood small,yet elegant abodes. There can be a nod to universal design in single-family residences in a mixed-use development where sustainability and human-scale living take center stage.
The Sage Companion writers and research team enjoy learning about and sharing the notion of this state-of-the-art lifestyle. Sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor air quality make sense.
It is exciting to think that older adults - baby boomers and the silent
generation - actually are influencing an age-friendly trend.As we continue our research we are finding that being neighborly
works well when Nature is included in the plan. As we continue our
research, we will place links on this page . . .so please bookmark it
and come back to visit soon.
Natural Neighborhoods: Eco-and Generation-Conscious
PLEASE do let us know if you are aware of Natural Neighborhoods: Eco- and Generation-Conscious in your neck of the woods! They must offer quality space and surroundings to people who choose to live there.
Great photos may be found
Some have called this an opportunity for collaboration in which residents of all ages actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods in an “organic” way that will benefit all concerned.
a Top 10 "aging-in-place"
Focus on the state-of-the-art elder : Do NOT to sit on the sidelines- at least not if you want to see your comfortable (at any age) dream home come true with COLORFUL POSSIBILITIES FOR EVERYONE