Swara R. Nayak, Shanta Pragyan Dash, Pragathi S. Amin, K. G. Priyashantha

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The increasing preoccupation of individuals with their daily lives and jobs poses a challenge in connecting with older generations. To address this issue, the concept of co-living arrangements can serve as a strategy to instill concern for the elderly in the minds of younger members of society. This study aims to explore the viability of intergenerational co-living as a housing preference for the elderly. The research evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of cohousing from two perspectives: the physical environment and social interactions. While mixed-age approaches aim to integrate different generations for mutual support and assistance, the study suggests that planning and design strategies should also consider the aging process of the elderly. It proposes that an intergenerational community can be a viable alternative to age-specific care housing, care models, and private home living. The main objective of this review is to understand how the design of a living space can influence the residents' lifestyle, creating an environment that fosters various emotions and positively impacts the human mind through supportive interactions and engaging activities for both the elderly and the youth, while respecting individual privacy. The study explores different types of co-living arrangements, including cohousing, home-sharing, and housing association-supported intergenerational living. Through analysis, four major attributes are identified as key factors contributing to the feasibility of co-living and intergenerational living in today's context: social support, social isolation, sense of community, and sense of security. The research findings conclude with design recommendations based on these attributes and opportunities, offering valuable insights for the successful implementation of co-living and intergenerational living spaces that create a supportive and thriving environment for residents of all ages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-556
Number of pages22
JournalNew Design Ideas
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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