Places for the Seven Ages of Man

Rob Hopkins, the inspirational co-founder of Transition Network, recently blogged on the idea of ‘The Seven Ages of Transition’, an idea based on Shakespeares famous poem. See http://transitionculture.org/2011/11/25/the-seven-ages-of-transition/┬áIt is an interesting concept for those of us who design places. Start your own Seven Age Places Checklist. It applies as much to a house as to a neighbourhood, we should all be designing places for every stage of life. If ‘All the worlds a stage’, how well are our places providing for all stages of life? Please have a read and pass on your comments:

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. As, first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.