Generational, Ageless Living, Intergenerational and multigenerational design are terms used to describe design approaches to new buildings and retrofitting old to accommodate the needs of its occupants from infancy through old age. While a trend in creating livable spaces for the elderly (most specifically Baby Boomers) has been in place, a more recent perspective promotes creating space for multi generations of occupants living comfortably together at any one time as well as designing for a single family to age from infancy through old age in the same space over time. Regardless of the term used, the creation of livable spaces to accommodate very young to very old under the same roof is catching on.
To take things a step further, Inclusive and Universal Design refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people without disabilities, and people with disabilities. Every design decision has the potential to include or exclude someone. Inclusive and Universal design choices emphasize the understanding how diversity should contribute to these decisions and focuses on including as many people as possible. Users' capabilities, needs and ambitions are driving forces behind sound design selections.
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