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Multigenerational Communities

We know all the buzz words here at Luma Towers because we work with clever clients. Like Regents Regeneration, a property developer WITH A SOUL.

In May 2019 they were the headline sponsor of the Agile Ageing Alliance’s annual congress which – as it sounds – brings like-minded people to share insights, exploits and questions around the future of urbanisation in our changing (ageing) world.

We launched their plans at MIPIM this year and we supported their preparation for the Agile Ageing Alliance Congress. Check out their video to learn more about their ethos. (Spoiler: they’ll use smart technology to build smart techy homes which incorporate public realm and not too many cars.)

Regents Regeneration aren’t the only ones considering the future of our communities and the UK is not the only country with an ageing population. At the Agile Ageing Alliance Congress, we heard insights from innovators from Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Israel and Asia.

Key innovations, insights and commitments included:

Jonathan Parnes from Regents Regeneration outlining their commitment to multigenerational living in Coventry. They have cut their margins, created multi-sector partnerships and are building new communities in time for Coventry’s tenure as UK Capital of Culture in 2021.

Matt Teague from Tata Steel is really interesting. He discussed the need to fund – and live – a 100 year life, transferring the idea of a portfolio career to a portfolio life. He shared the ethos of Tata – they are also values led – and historically so. Who knew?

Conversations weren’t at all esoteric. Victoria Hills, CEO of RTPI discussed the role of planners in helping to create multigenerational neighbourhoods. This included the need for non-crowded environments, places to rest, lighting and toilets. An intelligent and passionate volunteer representative from Help the Aged later added ‘handrails’ to this list and stressed the need for toilets and good acoustics.

A few themes abounded. Building for the most vulnerable means wins all round. Include those you are building for in your planning. Sam Walker from University of the Third Age challenged us to think about older people in terms of what they bring to society rather than as a drain.

So much more was shared. We learned a tonne. And we met interesting people who are doing things – not just talking about doing things.

Luma’s partners met through shared values and we love having clients who are values-led.

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