Residential farming, as an exploration of neighbourhood aged care strategy in China, advocated a mode of participatory residential regeneration concerning the aging issue. Taking the regeneration project of Xiangpuying Residential Area in Nanjing as a case, the investigation on existing community showed that both high quality public space and humanistic concerning activities for the elderly in their living neighbourhood were in desperate need. Under such circumstances, the proposal of 'Residential farming' put forward by architects were conducted in three stages, namely establishing farming system, reconstructing farming space and recreating farming tools, aimed to reshape the neighbourhood life of the elderly without radically changing their existing living space but giving them proper, gentle and practical transformation. By injecting the vibrant activity of farming as a minimal state variable in the existing residential area, not only the monotonous mental life of the elderly was enriched, favourable environment for the neighbourhood aged care was provided, communication between the elderly was promoted, the interaction between space, activities and users was achieved, but also a promising proposal for sustainable community renovation concerning aging issue was practised.
Yuchen Han, Southeast University, China
Li Bao, Southeast University, China
Stream: Social Sustainability & Sustainable Living
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