Tools and Activities for Dreamlike Neighbourhoods

Shifting perspectives: From studying the city to studying themselves in the city

The Slovenian Third Age University has been conducting studies in architecture and urbanism for at least three decades. During the Dreamlike Neighbourhood project some of its study groups turned into Dreamlike Neighbourhood groups which allowed their members to focus on various aspects of older peoples’ living in their neighbourhoods. Members of these groups discussed about themselves in the city: How does the city / the neighbourhood impact us and how do we impact the city?

Examples of the topics proposed and addressed by the neighbourhood groups: 

  • What is a dreamlike neighbourhood in our eyes (what should / could be there)?
  • Accessibility and availability and distribution of public toilets. 
  • How to turn public toilets into places of culture and learning? The Kranj example.
  • Gender equality in the city and in old age.
  • Green surfaces with regard to older people.
  • Safe-ageing model, but also cultural and social model of ageing in the city
  • System of meaningful places enabling quality ageing in place 
  • Destroying or upgrading the city? 
  • What if one cannot leave one’s home: what needs to be done?
  • Importance of territorial capital (what makes living in a neighbourhood pleasant and easy?)
  • Transport in the city 
  • Why (older) people should or should not oppose monofunctional neighbourhoods and harmful gentrification of town areas?

Project partners from the Slovenian Third Age University summarised the group members’ thoughts and included them in articles that appeared in several Slovenian national papers, specialised magazines such as Outsider, Bauhaus, Hiše and on the national TV. In addition, a radio programme was aired with the participation of older students and members of the neighbourhood groups.