City of the Aged vs City of all Ages
In this article I deconstruct the polar cultural myths about aging and how these two influencing memes generate two contrasting scenarios for the future of the city. One meme can be seen as a weight resisting the preferred future whilst the other provides the attractive pull towards the preferred image. Both are interlinked by the reality of an aging global population – a demographic driver that is shaping the city of tomorrow. This preferred image however is not inevitable; I argue that memetic change of western society’s episteme of aging is fundamental to achieving the City of all Ages.