Intergenerational design knowledge is defined as the governing design principles that inform intergenerational  projects. 

The principles in intergenerational design are rooted in the philosophies of universal design and transgenerational design. This knowledge can equip us with the right mindset and allow for actionable guidelines to be formulated for the development of new intergenerational spaces and programmes. 

Intergenerational Design Framework

To Advance Intergenerational Bonding

This framework presents the idea of using intergenerational design to inform methods of practices, and ultimately, to advance intergenerational bonding.

During the process, new insights gained from the execution of the practices would lead to new knowledge. 


Design knowledge in the intergenerational design field is constantly changing. 

Although there is no definitive approach to intergenerational design, its benefits and positive influences are generally agreed upon. 

Drawing from current design knowledge and research data, The Age of No Retirement developed the 10 Principles of Intergenerational Design as a tentative strategy to help guide current interventions.1

10 Principles

of Intergenerational Design

1. Safe and Secure

Provide a sense of safety and do not infringe on the rights of privacy; Be respectful and avoid discrimination. 

2. Right Effort

Right level of cognitive, mental and/or physical effort;  easy to use, responsive and usable 

3. Accessible

Exclude no-one, be all embracing; easily attainable or reachable by all ages, giving opportunities to all.

4. Delightful

Aesthetically appealing and user experience should be enjoyable. 

5. Sustainable

Long-lasting; Maintain in terms of environmental or economic development, durability, social unity or inclusivity. 

6. Free of Pressure

Time should be flexible, slow when required, fast when needed; Ease and time to adapt. 

7. Flexibility

Malleable and variety of choices; easy to adapt, and not punishing errors too harshly. 

8. Human Connection

Advocate inclusivity and togetherness; enable the physical and mental attachment of people with their community through dialogue or exchange. 

9. Clear and Intuitive

User-friendly; easy to understand, easy to operate, fit for purpose.

10. Empowering

To give heart, strength, and ownership; to promote development and autonomy; to improve self-esteem and social worth. 

[1] The Age of No Retirement. In-Common. 2016,