This excellent resource was produced in partnership with Age UK, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the University of Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) and Age-friendly Manchester (Manchester City Council) in 2014. We’ll let the forward speak for itself:

“The demographic landscape of our cities is changing fast as our cities grow and populations age at the same time.

But how do we as designers and creative practitioners respond to this demographic challenge? How do we go about creating more ‘age-inclusive’ spaces? And are there ways we can cultivate a design sensibility more sensitive to the desires and needs of an ageing population?

This Alternative Age-friendly© Handbook provides a playful and critical exploration of what creative urban practitioners can bring to emerging debates around the
creation of Age-friendly Cities. What follows overleaf are a series of suggested modes and methods of Age-friendly practice. Small-scale actions and interventions we can
start taking now to create Age-friendly spaces. Creative ways of making use of existing urban spaces as we grow old. And ways of involving older people themselves
in the process of re-shaping and re-imagining our cities for older age.

These are some of the thoughts and ideas explored through this handbook: opening up a much-needed debate on how we can start shaping the landscape of our built environment for our older age.”

Stephen R. Hodder MBE
RIBA President 2013–2015