In Intergenerational Contact Zones, Kaplan, Thang, Sánchez, and Hoffman introduce novel ways of thinking, planning, and designing intergenerationally enriched environments. Filled with vivid examples of how ICZs breathe new life into communities and social practices, this important volume focuses on practical descriptions of ways in which practitioners and researchers could translate and infuse the notion of ICZ into their work.

The ICZ concept embraces generation and regeneration of community life, parks and recreational locations, educational environments, residential settings and family life, and national and international contexts for social development. With its focus on creating effective and meaningful intergenerational settings, it offers a rich how-to toolkit to help professionals and user groups as they begin to consider ways to develop, activate, and nurture intergenerational spaces.

Intergenerational Contact Zones will be essential reading for academics and researchers interested in human development, aging, and society, as well as practitioners, educators, and policy makers interested in intergenerational gathering places from an international perspective.

chapter |14 pages


ByMatthew Kaplan, Leng Leng Thang, Mariano Sánchez, Jaco Hoffman

part I|60 pages

Generation/Regeneration of Community Life

chapter 1|13 pages

Culture as Animator of Intergenerational Gathering Places

ByRobert H. McNulty

chapter 2|10 pages

Our Community, Our Traditional Food

Around the Fire as an Intergenerational Contact Zone
ByShingairai Chigeza, Nicole Claasen, Vera Roos

chapter 4|11 pages

Transforming a Barn into an “Intergenerational Planning Zone”

ByMatthew Kaplan, Suzanna Windon, Evan C. Zavada

chapter 5|9 pages

City Cycling Spaces for Welcoming and Engaging All Ages

ByTim Jones, Ben Spencer

chapter 6|6 pages

Playful Perspectives and Everyday Spaces

Imagining a Bus Stop as an Intergenerational Contact Zone
ByJason Danely

part II|52 pages

Parks and Recreation

chapter 7|9 pages

Connecting Generations in Chinese Urban Parks

ByPatricia O’Neill

chapter 8|11 pages

Urban Public Parks

Magnets for Social Inclusion and Engagement Across Generations
ByCláudia Azevedo

chapter 9|12 pages

Intergenerational Gardening on Urban Rooftops

The Example of the “Play and Grow” Program in Hong Kong
ByTanja Sobko, Louise Chawla

chapter 10|8 pages

Forests as Intergenerational Contact Zones

Teaching About and Experiencing Forests Through Historical Interpretation
BySanford S. Smith, Matthew Kaplan

chapter 11|10 pages

Sowing Connections in a Community Garden

An Intergenerational Partnership between Young Adult Cancer Survivors and Master Gardeners
ByRenate M. Winkels, Rick Artrip, Maegan Tupinio, Daniel R. George

part III|30 pages

Education Settings

chapter 12|8 pages

Schools as Intergenerational Contact Zones

The Cleveland Case
ByCatherine Whitehouse, Peter Whitehouse, Mariano Sánchez

chapter 13|10 pages

College Classrooms as Intergenerational Contact Zones

ByJoann M. Montepare, Mark Sciegaj

chapter 14|10 pages

Adding Excitement and Relevance to Second Language Learning

Imagining a School-based English Language Center as an Intergenerational Contact Zone
ByAlan Lai

part IV|58 pages

Residential Settings and Family Life

chapter 15|11 pages

Intergenerational Living in Cohousing Communities

ByLisia Zheng

chapter 16|11 pages

Cocktails in Care Homes

An Intergenerational Strategy For Bridging the Care Home – Community Divide
ByPhoebe Grudzinskas, Susan Langford

chapter 17|13 pages

Senior Housing as a Community Hub for Intergenerational Interaction

ByNancy Henkin, Taryn Patterson

chapter 18|9 pages

The Japanese Teapot

Objects at Home that Possess Intergenerational Contact Zone Generating Properties
ByYoshika Yamamoto, Leng Leng Thang

chapter 19|12 pages

The Virtual Environment as Intergenerational Contact Zone

Play through Digital Gaming
ByEyu Zang

part V|42 pages

Societal Development

chapter 20|11 pages

Multigenerational Cyclical Support System

Programs in Japan for “Designing a Sustainable Society through Intergenerational Co-creation”
ByMasataka Kuraoka

chapter 21|17 pages

Exploring Design Principles and Strategies for Intergenerational Places in Australia

Revealing Opportunities and Potential in Beach and Public Pool Settings
ByKah Mun Tham, Diane H. Jones, Ann Quinlan

chapter 22|12 pages

Intergenerational Contact Zones in Contested Places and Spaces

The Olive Tree as Entity and Symbol
BySuzanne H. Hammad

part VI|58 pages


chapter 23|15 pages

A Toolkit for Intergenerational Contact Zones Application

ByMariano Sánchez, Philip B. Stafford

chapter 24|12 pages

Intergenerational Programs and Intergenerational Contact Zones

Aligning Notions of “Good Quality”
ByMariano Sánchez, María Pilar Díaz, Andrés Rodríguez, Rosa Bonachela

chapter 25|12 pages

Everyone Can Make a Map

Multigenerational and Intergenerational Explorations of Community
ByPhilip B. Stafford

chapter |17 pages


Some Lessons Learned about the Design and Functioning of Intergenerational Contact Zones
ByMatthew Kaplan, Leng Leng Thang, Mariano Sánchez, Jaco Hoffman