Design Innovation and Sustainable Environment

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Conference Proceeding

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With an unprecedented increase in elderly population around the world, the severe lack of safe and healthy environmental provisions to serve this cohort cannot be ignored any longer. Many elderly citizens, especially singletons, live in unsafe housing conditions with poorly executed planning and design. Some suffer from deteriorating mobility, sight and general alertness and their sub-standard living conditions further hinder their daily existence. This research explains how concepts such as universal design and sustainable design operate in a high density city such as Hong Kong, China where innovative sustainable design can become an alternative solution to promote a sustainable urban development in areas where both government and private sector fail to provide quality elderly friendly environment

Unlike other elderly research which focuses more on housing policies, nursing care and theories, this research takes a more progressive approach by providing an in-depth impact assessment on how innovative design can be practical solutions for creating a more sustainable built environment.

The research objectives are to: 1) explain the relationship between innovative design for elderly and a healthier and sustainable environment; 2) evaluate the impact of human ergonomics with the use of universal design; and 3) explain how innovation can enhance the sustainability of a city in improving citizen’s sight, sound, walkability and safety within the ageing population.

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Conference Proceedings, The 19th International Conference on Innovation and Sustainable Development (ICISD 2017), Copenhagen, Denmark

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