Intergenerational Contact Zones: A conceptual framework for generating novel ideas for developing intergenerationally enriched settings

Intergenerational contact zones (ICZs) are spatial focal points for intergenerational encounters. ICZs provide both, a conceptual tool for studying complex, multi-generational community settings and a design tool for creating innovative, responsive intergenerational meeting spaces. This session will provide various examples of how this conceptual framework can be used to broaden the range of intergenerational activity possibilities in diverse community settings, including parks and playgrounds, retirement communities, schools, multi-service community centers, even bus stops.