Archive - June, 2013

A tale of two cities

The global phenomenon of what some are calling a “silver tsunami” – a population boom of an elderly generation aged 65 and above – is beginning to appear in most of the developed countries’ demography, no less in Singapore. To meet our changing demographic demands, our physical and social infrastructures have to be developed to meet the needs of the coming generation of elderly and create an all-inclusive society.

Understanding the need for a socially-sustainable design model, CPG Healthcare (which is based in Singapore and specialises in designing and delivering creative, innovative and sustainable healthcare buildings in Asia) initiated an architectural practice-based research study in a three-part series, comparing the two similar Asian cities of Hong Kong and Singapore, to develop a sustainable design approach for the coming generation of seniors. This article will touch on Part 1 – the learning from Hong Kong, while subsequent articles will delve into Singapore and what was learned from looking at the two cities:

 

Part 1: Learning from Hong Kong

Being a globalised Asian society, Hong Kong’s societal context bears much resemblance to that of Singapore. Currently, Hong Kong’s elderly comprises 14 percent of their overall population, accounting for 996,000 people out of a total population size of seven million, according to statistics. This is ahead of Singapore’s elderly population that stands at 12 percent currently, or 600,000 people out of a population of five million. Continue Reading…