Topic: The Grandschools Project: An intergenerational learning and living campus

Day: Thursday 22 October 2020

Time:  3:30pm-4:00pm AEDT

Abstract:

One of the greatest challenges for Australian society, is the separation of generations which impacts upon quality of life, health and a sense of inclusion for both seniors and youth. Senior living facilities and education campuses are often designed in a way which maintains isolation and deepens the divide. Unemployment and inactive lifestyles in regional and urban areas further exacerbate separation levels, impacting mental health and general wellbeing (AIHW 2017). But what if we could change this? One of the greatest challenges for Australian society, is the separation of generations which impacts upon quality of life, health and a sense of inclusion for both seniors and youth. Senior living facilities and education campuses are often designed in a way which maintains isolation and deepens the divide. Unemployment and inactive lifestyles in regional and urban areas further exacerbate separation levels, impacting mental health and general wellbeing (AIHW 2017). But what if we could change this?   Born of an idea generated by Fulton Trotter Architects, the GrandSchools Project has been developed in partnership with QUT and ACU, to integrate research into healthy intergenerational learning and living campuses across urban and regional Australia.   The GrandSchools Project, is federally funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and led by QUT, ACU, Deakin University and Fulton Trotter Architects in partnership with key education, senior living and built environment industry partners. The project seeks to establish an economic, policy driven ‘shared campus facilities and services’ approach, which is person centred, health focused and socially inclusive. The model intends to be translatable across diverse Australian contexts, from urban realms where land is limited, as well as regionally, where closer engagement between generations will maintain social networks.   Presenters Mark Trotter (Fulton Trotter Architects), Gert-Jan Pepping (ACU) and Marissa Lindquist (QUT) will represent the project’s Key Investigators and Industry Partners. Their presentation will outline the framework for this research over the next 5 years and investigate how this project will:   • Create intentional space for co-learning, co-care, co-fitness and co-creation benefiting health, well-being, and continued engagement of residents and students • Research opportunities for youth based vocational pathways in senior living settings, and conversely the integration of senior living and recreation into school settings • Explore greater economical and efficient usage of land within these shared communities • Explore opportunities for healthy active landscapes and built environments • Deepen relationships, connectivity, and understandings between generations. This includes improving inter-cultural understanding and decreasing social isolation for seniors and students alike.    This is an exciting project which may change our current approach to living and learning in a way that genuinely brings our generations together through meaningful relationships. Importantly, this presentation will highlight to attendee organisations and industry associates how they can contribute or become part of this project, join the research network or follow the journey to employ the findings and model into their own built outcome. 

 

 

 

Biography:

Mark Trotter is Director of Fulton Trotter Architects, a registered architect and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. Mark is Australasia Director of the Association for Learning Environments, past president of the Association of Consulting Architects QLD, and recipient of the Churchill Scholarship (2013) which explored flexible learning centers and associated community based education models internationally. He is past chair of Learning Education Australia. Mark has over 30 years experience in the Health, Senior Living, Aged Care, Education and Residential sector, with substantial work with Wesley Mission Queensland, Youth Plus Catholic Education, and Lutheran Services across Queensland and New South Wales.

Associate Professor Gert-Jan Pepping is Deputy Head at the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University (ACU). Gert-Jan’s research focus is Healthy Ageing, falls prevention and the influence of the built environment and physical activity on the prevention of falls. Gert-Jan is Chief Investigator on a number projects in which mobility and gait are monitored for community dwelling older adults in the context of campus based community walking.

Marissa Lindquist is a lecturer at the School of Design (Spatial Discipline), Queensland University of Technology. Marissa is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, recipient of the National Dulux Study Tour for emerging architects in Australia (2008) and more recently recipient of the QUT Women in Research Grant (2017). Her research focuses upon neuro-imaging, architecture and emotion, and has research grants in the area of Architectural Practice. Prior to academia, Marissa has had over ten year’s experience within the practice of architecture in the areas of masterplanning, residential design (including mixed-use special needs), public and community architecture, and sports architecture.