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Malaysia is moving towards ageing population, where about 3.2 million (9.97%) from the total population of 32.4 million are older persons aged 60 years old and above as recorded in 2018. By 2034, the number of older persons is expected to increase to over 5.1 million, or 15% of total Malaysian population, making Malaysia an aged nation. With a growing elderly population in Malaysia, there is a pressing need to ensure that the seniors have access to affordable homes and sustain their livelihoods.

Retirement-Oriented Development (ROD) is a holistic development concept that addresses the gaps and issues in existing senior living product offerings. The philosophy of ROD is based on a multi-disciplinary approach to design, construction, service portfolio offerings, ownership models and access to social and recreational support.

RODDC19 is tasking participants with designing a sustainable solution for the development of a 23-acre site in UPM, Serdang that attunes to the needs of various target groups, orientating towards the senior audience. Participants will be challenged to consider designs that are flexible enough to accommodate different sizes for the inhabitants (elderly, families, single professionals, couples, millennials etc.) whilst being flexible to their varying requirements. Participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible in the solutions they design, challenging typical ideas of housing, design and the community at large, while at the same time maintaining a practical element that could potentially see these designs realized.


    • Encourage the future generation of designers to plan and design the development with associated facilities which will cater to the different needs at different stages of the life cycle.
    • Raise awareness and sensitivity to the public on the importance of a retirement-oriented development in an ageing population.
    • Demonstrate variations of architectural concept designs for an integrated retirement-oriented development of multi-generational model.


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