Housing in the Center of Towns

The “Wohnbauforschung Niederösterreich” provides fundings for projects, aimed on research on innovative living and housing. We participate with a project considering following aspects:

  1. Single-family houses have been the priority type of housing during the last few decades
  2. Aging of population leads to an increasing demand on services supporting people in their everyday life (provision, caring, health)
  3. Buildings and apartments not suitable/comfortable for elderly people take negative impact on their quality of living
  4. Communities face the challenge of “dying” centers – especially those which cannot provide attractive housing for a younger generation

The research focuses on showing the connections of these aspects. We will illustrate the main advantages of building age-conform housings in the center of the towns – for both, elderly people and the community.

Results

  • Cartographic illustration of communities facing the biggest challenges of demographic change
  • An aid for decision-making to realize what their main needs are
  • A “construction kit” with recommendations on “age-appropriate living” in communities

Employer

Government of Lower Austria, "Wohnbauforschung"