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Innovation Pathways for Age-Friendly Homes in Europe

Athena Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, de Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, Princetonlaan 8a, 3584 CB Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Academic Editors: Pauline Van den Berg and Joost van Hoof
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(3), 1139;
Received: 8 December 2020 / Revised: 20 January 2021 / Accepted: 22 January 2021 / Published: 28 January 2021
A variety of innovative pilot projects are being implemented to improve the life-course resilience of existing and newly built home environments. We refer to these projects as “socio-technical experiments” that embody different kinds of promising futures and provide direction to current developments in the emerging domain of age-friendly homes. To take stock of this diversity within Europe; this paper provides an overview of 53 ongoing socio-technical experiments that are being conducted in the Netherlands, France, Ireland and Poland. We find that, besides the variation between European countries, there is a more important type variation in terms of the character of the experiments themselves and the differences in development direction that they propose. Our findings suggest that most of the innovations tested in these experiments are not primarily material or technical but primarily social or conceptual in character (i.e., new organizational modes or everyday practices that re-arrange social relations or new housing concepts that bridge the divide between ageing in place individually and a nursing home). This variety of innovations tested in the experiments can be categorized into seven distinct innovation pathways: (1) Showcasing Technology, (2) Innovation Ecosystem, (3) Sheltered Elite, (4) Specific Community, (5) Conscious Retrofitting, (6) Home Sharing and (7) Retrovation Challenge. View Full-Text
Keywords: age-friendly homes; innovation; experiments age-friendly homes; innovation; experiments
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Sengers, F.; Peine, A. Innovation Pathways for Age-Friendly Homes in Europe. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1139.

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Sengers F, Peine A. Innovation Pathways for Age-Friendly Homes in Europe. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(3):1139.

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Sengers, Frans, and Alexander Peine. 2021. "Innovation Pathways for Age-Friendly Homes in Europe" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 3: 1139.

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