Dear All,

We had more than 100 people from different parts of the world coming to Brazil to participate of the Symposium. Now we are organizing the next step of the Event. It is open, to all presenters, a submission of full papers to the academic journal PIXO – Journal of Architecture, City and Contemporaneity (ISSN: 2526-7310). The papers will be selected through blind review. They can be submitted in English, Portuguese or Spanish. Please, you can access all regulations by acessing the journal site or contacting Adriana Portella ( and Eduardo Rocha (

We also are organizing the Book of Abstracts of the Symposium. This will be available in digital format, with ISBN, and will be send to all participants.


CERTIFICATES. If you need a certificate of participation/presentation, please, send your request to:

The Environment and Gerontology Network promoted the 2019 IAPS Symposium Ageing in Place in a World of Inequalities: How to Design Healthy Cities for All. The event took place from 27 to 30 November 2019 in Brazil, in the city of Pelotas.

The School of Architecture and Urbanism of Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel) hosted the Symposium with the support of IAPS (Internacional Association of People-Environment Studies), ESRC PlaceAge Project, Laboratory of Behavioral Studies of UFPel and Program of Postgraduation in Architecture and Urbanism of UFPel. The Symposium is also part of the Centre for Healthy Cities, Ageing and Citizenship Project, which is part of UFPel Institutional Program for Internationalization.

This Symposium recognises that merely changing the built environment is not enough to create a more inclusive city for ageing because places are more than physical spaces. Viable environments are articulated through a strong sense of place, defined as the social, psychological and emotional bonds that people have with their environment. A strong sense of place results from access to support for active participation, opportunities to build and sustain social networks and it plays a significant role in the community. In contrast, a sense of exclusion or lack of opportunities to reciprocate, mediate and control is associated with alienation, isolation, and loneliness, often resulting in many health and well-being problems, particularly among the most vulnerable. Socially, the creation of age-friendly urban environments that support the sense of place is a part of successful ageing, ensuring that people can continue to contribute positively in old age, delaying the need for institutional care and reducing health costs and social assistance.

Within this context, we invited academics, researchers, professionals, and students to participate of this Symposium to discuss how to design healthy cities for all generations, responding to different environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts.

– Memory, Identity, and Sense of Place.
– Health, Welfare, and Environment
– Social Participation, Inclusion and Gender
– Universal Design and Accessibility
– Housing Challenges