Dr Chiko Makore is an inclusive urban design and planning consultant and post-doctoral researcher. She has trained in architecture and planning accredited by the Royal Institute of
British Architects and Royal Town Planning Institute. She also has a Masters in Urban Planning from Oxford Brookes University and completed her PhD in 2018 from the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre at
Salford University, Manchester, UK. Her PhD investigated the lived reality of older people in informal settlements. Since the completion of her PhD, she has worked as a post-doctoral
researcher in multiple funded international projects on placemaking, urban ageing, digital technologies and heritage including projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Research, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Her collaborative research work has
resulted in publications in peer-reviewed journals. She presented her research at international platforms such as at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable
Urban Development where she acted as chair and a panellist on sessions on gender and inclusive urban development. She has also worked for many years in the development of Inclusive Practice and Disability in Higher Education.
Piloting Agecare services of HelpAge India in Kerala State; he drives various initiatives for the welfare of Senior Citizens like ASCENT (Fitness & Wellness Centre), ESHG (Elders Self Help Groups), SAFE (Student Action for Elderly), HUG (Help Unite Generations), Advantage Program, ELDERS HELPLINE, EYE CARE, CANCER CARE, IDOP ADVOCACY, WEAAD ADVOCACY.
He had Organised / Key Note Speaker / Presented Papers / Attended in several International, National, Regional & State level Conferences / Seminars / Workshops for the cause and care of the elderly.
Inclusive Digital Placemaking: Urban public spaces for older people
Busisiwe Makore, University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom
The role of public space in creating age-friendly urban environments has recently received unprecedented recognition in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda and further reaffirmed in The New Urban Agenda, 2016. The topic of public spaces is especially relevant in today’s cities, particularly for older people who have an increased need to establish a sense of place in the spaces they interact with.
Parallel to the growing urgency for public spaces that are “places” for everyone, is the increasing use of digital technologies to facilitate the (re)connection and (re)interpretation of these places. This is also known as digital placemaking. Driven by recent global events and movements, is a renewed interest in urban ageing and the relationship with public space and digital placemaking. The nexus between these three areas, however, remains largely under-explored.
This paper therefore, aims to investigate the interplay between urban ageing, public space and digital placemaking. The study examines how the processes and practices of digital placemaking of public spaces offers a sense of place, belonging and legitimacy to older people. What new typologies are created through the interaction of public spaces and digital placemaking that challenge the aesthetics of a collective and shared place for older people? Discussions from this paper contribute to existing work on the role of quality public spaces in facilitating social inclusion, interaction and diversity which positively impacts health and well-being.