Intergenerational housing is a new idea based on an old model: people of different ages living together and sharing their skills and time. In the past, this tended to be within extended families, or tightly-knit local communities. Matter’s idea is that such participation can be shared amongst unrelated people, living independent, modern lives and benefitting mutually.
Currently, housing provision is highly segregated, inflexible and often unsuitable, creating emerging crises in special needs and elderly care, affordability and loneliness. These all generate big costs for society. Our model seeks to tackle these through a social impact based approach.
Working with a current grant from Innovate UK and supported by a wide network of industry partners we are shaping a suite of policies and design principles for a new form housing for all ages, that supports and enables participation and sharing amongst residents. The research work will be concluded in 2019 and is already having an impact via an independent commission by Camden Council to establish a pilot intergenerational scheme in the Borough.