Tin Sheds Gallery, The University of Sydney
4 March, 5.30 – 7.30pm

A Multi-Generational Future

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The presence of multi-generational households in Australia has been a growing trend since the 1980s, particularly within our capital cities. How does this affect our ageing population and what housing typologies best support multi-generational living arrangements?

Please join Dr Edgar Liu and Casey Bryant as they discuss a multi-generational future in Australia.

Dr Edgar Liu is a Senior Research Fellow at UNSW Sydney’s City Futures Research Centre. Since joining City Futures in 2009, his research focus has included housing estate renewal, housing decision-making, and the concepts of place and community.He has written and spoken widely on the topic of multigenerational households, including as lead editor of the Routledge publication, ‘Multigenerational family living: Evidence and policy implications from Australia’.

Casey Bryant is a director of Sydney based architecture practice Trias Studio. In 2016 he was awarded the Byera Hadley Scholarship where his research examined multi-generational aged care institutions; this took him on a study tour of these spaces across northern Europe to the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

Free, bookings recommended.

This event is part of New Agency: Owning Your Future

New Agency: Owning Your Future is a research platform by Sibling Architecture that investigates the future of dwelling through the lens of Australia’s ageing population.

Who do you wish to grow old with? Will your house outlive you? What kind of ancestor do you want to be? What will your future housing look like?

Over eight weeks, New Agency transforms Tin Sheds Gallery into a live research platform; gathering data, public conversations, design speculation and feedback about what constitutes home ownership during the later stages of life. As the retirement of Australians relies upon the asset of the family home (with superannuation), and as home ownership is becoming an impossibility for a huge swathe of younger Australians, how does this influence future models of living for the elderly, including financing aged care, retirement and intergenerational wealth? What can we learn from upwardly mobile grey nomads, multi-generational living or enclaves of like-minded people? A dataset of trends, interviews and a troika of interactive activity chambers – for reading, listening and talking – provoke thinking around these topical questions.

Presented by Sibling Architecture and University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning. New Agency has been made possible through the support of RMIT Design Hub and Creative Victoria.

Image: New Agency: Owning Your Future, Sibling Architecture.