Theses Master's

Aging in place: planning for intergenerational play

Chou, Kit Nga

My thesis explores the uses of playground and public space in New York City and Hong Kong (the two places I get to call home), to accommodate users from different age groups and support the exchange of sociocultural knowledge. The benefits of intergenerational interactions have been studied in social science, urban design, and planning lenses. Intergenerational studies, focus on the relationships and interactions between different age groups, parents and children, siblings, and grandparents and grandchildren. These relationships can have a significant impact on the well-being and development of individuals and communities, providing support, reducing isolation, and opportunities for connection. As the population ages and the cityscape continues to evolve, how can we promote positive intergenerational relationships in diverse settings, such as playgrounds and open spaces in public housing?

This study suggests that although intergenerational interactions can be nuanced depending on cultural context––flexibility in infrastructure use, inclusiveness of placemaking, offering of a safe space, accessibility to nearby facilities, have all impacted the visitation of different age groups, and the mixing of visitors.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Vanky, Anthony P.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
August 2, 2023