Intergenerational Contact Zones (IZCs)


Social inclusion/exclusion of older persons


Age-Friendly Communities

Project Team

Prof. M. Kaplan (Pennsylvania State University, USA), Prof. M. Sanchez (University of Granada, Spain), Prof. L. Thang (National University of Singapore); Prof. J. Hoffman (NWU).

The focus in this edited book project is on developing a conceptual, design and programming tool that engender an important dimension of social connectedness, i.e., intergenerational engagement. ICZs serve as spatial focal points for older adults and younger generations to meet, interact, build trust and friendships, and work together to address issues of local concern. These contact zones can be found in all types of community settings including libraries, schools, parks, and multi-service community centres.

Related Output

Intergenerational Contact Zones: A Compendium of Applications -