Planning project wins another major award

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Planning project wins another major award


18 November 2013

Two University of the Sunshine Coast researchers and a local urban design professional who collaborated on a project to improve housing options for seniors in south-east Queensland have won another major award.

USC’s Senior Lecturer in Regional and Urban Planning Dr Claudia Baldwin and PhD student Caroline Osborne teamed up with Phil Smith of design firm Deicke Richards to research the neighbourhood and accommodation preferences of seniors across Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

The project, ‘Participatory design for age-friendly communities’, used innovative research methods such as photovoice, where seniors photographed what they valued in built environments and discussed the results in workshops.

After winning a Planning Institute of Australia (Qld Division) award a year ago, it has now gained the 2013 Australasian Core Values Award for Participatory Research from the International Association of Public Participation (Australasian Division).

An award ceremony and networking event will be held on Tuesday 19 November from 5.30pm to 7pm at USC’s Innovation Centre auditorium.

Dr Baldwin said the award was significant recognition for the team’s work in finding more liveable, sustainable and affordable ways to accommodate older people in infill (existing) communities.

The project was funded by USC and industry partners including Sunshine Coast Council, the Queensland State Government’s former Urban Land Development Authority, Deicke Richards and Churches of Christ in Queensland. Queensland University of Technology also provided expertise.

“We would now like to compare this study’s results with those of seniors in other climates and socio-economic situations so planning and policy can be tailored to their needs,” Dr Baldwin said.

“We have La Trobe University as a partner to test the methods in Bendigo, and the University of Moratuwa as a partner to test the methods in Sri Lanka.”

Julie Schomberg

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