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Title: THE IMPACT OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT ON INTERGENERATIONAL INTERACTION
Authors: ONG, SI PEI
Keywords: Real Estate
Alice Christudason
2018/2019 RE
RE
Issue Date: 28-Nov-2018
Citation: ONG, SI PEI (2018-11-28). THE IMPACT OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT ON INTERGENERATIONAL INTERACTION. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: As Singapore has been facing a rapidly ageing population along with a widening generation gap and an increasing trend of living alone, intergenerational bonding has become instrumental in preventing elderly from social isolation and breaking down barriers among generations. To address these burgeoning issues, two intergenerational strategies, co-location and intergenerational shared space (IGSS) were executed by the government. The study aims to assess the effectiveness of the implemented strategies and how the built environment influences the level of intergenerational interaction by identifying neighbourhood public spaces that enhance intergenerational engagements. Hence, both qualitative and quantitative approaches were employed through methods of observation, in-depth interview and survey questionnaire. The findings revealed that IGSS as an intergenerational strategy was more effective than co-location in strengthening intergenerational bonds and fostering communication among generations. The IGSS concept had an overall positive impact on both the elderly and children. Additionally, the frequency of visit to coffee shops, playgrounds and supermarkets were found to be significant in influencing intergenerational contact. A person who visits these places is more likely to have a higher level of interaction with people of different ages. Therefore, Singapore can explore different IGSS models to transform mono- and multi-generational neighbourhood spaces into intergenerational spaces to combat social isolation and strengthen the overall community and intergenerational bonds.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/221555
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