Gerotopia: the rise of master planned communities for retiring Baby Boomers

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Title Gerotopia: the rise of master planned communities for retiring Baby Boomers
Author Burton, Paul Andrew; Bosman, Caryl Jane
Publication Title Utopia: 2010 PIA QLD State Conference
Editor Fiona Fullarton
Year Published 2010
Publisher Planning Institute of Australia
Abstract Baby Boomers constitute a significant and growing percentage of the population and as they enter retirement their lifestyle preferences are beginning to have substantial impacts on Australian housing landscapes: on the demand for and supply of housing that caters for the specific needs of this cohort. This paper examines the emerging phenomenon, in Australia, of Active Adult Lifestyle Communities (AALCs). AALCs are age-segregated, master planned, usually gated residential developments, designed for and marketed to relatively affluent and active adults aged between 55 and74. The marketing of these communities is based largely on discourses of risk minimisation and management but they also mobilise specific ideas of 'the good life' and utilise particular concepts of 'home-place' and community. The paper charts the rise of AALCs and describes their impact on the housing landscapes of the Gold Coast.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2010. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference's website or contact the authors.
Conference name Utopia: 2010 PIA QLD State Conference
Location Hyatt Coolum
Date From 2010-11-10
Date To 2010-11-12
Date Accessioned 2011-01-04
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Urban and Regional Planning
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Non-Refereed)
Publication Type Code e2

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