Henri Snel was participating in the summer school Thinking City about: Health and the City

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This summer school project will set out to research the general implications of ageing, while simultaneously focusing on a particular case addressing the ‘StadsdorpZuid community’ of South Amsterdam a relatively affluent group of people living in a monumental urban plan, designed by the famous architect Berlage.
The unprecedented growth of the ageing population—in 2050 an estimated 22% of the global population will be over the age of 60, reaching a percentage of 30% in the most developed countries—will condition an entirely new society. This ‘Ageing Society’ will radically differ from the one we have known so far and will require a whole set of new relations—economic, political, cultural, medical and spatial relations. With 1 in 4 people aged over 60, new relationships will need to be established between generations.

This summer school project will set out to research the general implications of ageing, while simultaneously focusing on a particular case addressing the ‘StadsdorpZuid community’ of South Amsterdam—a relatively affluent group of people living in a monumental urban plan, designed by the famous architect Berlage.

From the desire to stay in their neighbourhood and actively participate in society, even when reaching a high age, they have founded a cooperative community, aimed at facilitating both physical and social mobility. In collaboration with StadsdorpZuid, this project will explore possibilities of further enhancing the liveability of the neighbourhood for the elderly community. The project will start by mapping the spatial, social, intellectual and economic ‘Treasures’ of the area. The challenge will be to re-link the existing treasures with new technological, spatial and economic developments and create new, transformative models—models could serve as crossover plug-ins between the current and coming society of age.

Throughout the workshops broader questions related to the aging society will be addressed. Will age become an increasingly acute differentiator of poverty juxtaposed with productivity and achievement for the producer class? How can social policy increase the productivity of the aged and reduce the social and financial burden of supporting a growing older population? How will the large population of aged be able to live and function independently, carrying out activities and tasks essential to an acceptable quality of life?

Final presentation (Pdf)