"During the past decade, there has been a proliferation of studies about adultlifespan processes. A major impetus has been the increased longevity of thepopulation. But other demographic and social changes have also influencedobjective conditions and subjective experiences across the lifespan. One ef-fect of these dynamic forces of adult maturation is manifest in residentialneeds, orientations, and realities but this has recieved relatively little at-tention.Some of the literature about lifespan change is, inevitably, devoted to acuteand chronic problems of the very elderly. Indeed, housing issues as theypertain to the very elderly have been the focus of a number of studies duringthe last few decades. However, recent research- psychological, physiologi-cal, and sociological- has generally taken a broader range of ages as theirfocus in considering patterns of effective functioning among mature adults.And they Introduce shifts in both the results and conceptualizations about theconditions and duration of successful adaptation in all the years of adulthood.The newer approach induces questions about the applicabilty of earlierhousing studies oriented to a different conception of aging, without consider-ation of changing patterns of gender behavior and of family and householdrelationships. At the same time it becomes even more apparent that issues ofchanging conceptions of space are of vital importance: residential space,space for social Interaction, Space for movement and consumer activity,leisure space, and space as a major source of place identity. A fundemental feature of the changing perspective is based on the recogni-tion development and change continues throughout adulthood in contrast to animplicit notion in the past that adulthood was simply the culmination ofchildhood and adolescence with little subsequent change until the very lastyears oflife. Increasingly we find evidence of very significant changes takingplace, including the meaning of places and spaces during the decades from the20's to the 80's and beyond. These appear to be dynamic process of alterna-tion in functions (rather than Joss or decline) and in conceptions of self andthe world related to roles, roles expectations, and role options. To link thisto the spatial dimension of this dynamic, we introduce the concept of roleplaces. The "decline" formerly posited (and still popularly believed) in di-verse cognitive and social (including sexual) functions during the yearsfrom 60 on , are hardly evident in those who maintain their bodily conditionand utilise their psychological functions occupationally and recreationallyuntill their life.These dynamic processes (which may change from one generation to anoth-er) imply modifications in our theoretical conceptions and planning prac-tices., Conceptions and practices which largely ignored long-term adult de-velopmental changes. Whether we consider the delayed period in earlyadulthood of establishind a career and having a family for both men andwomen, or the long period during which people live as couples, with theirchildren out of the household, oftenwith sufficient income and in excellentphysical condition, the necessity for a change in our view of spatial envi-ronments is evident. But, in fact there is relatively little concrete informa-tion about many of changing place orientationsof men and women of widelyranging ages. Some of these are higly systematic interview studies with extensive quantitative analyses. Others are more qualitative and phenomenol-gical in approach. Without attemting to report our findings, two resultsalert us to the significance of this approach. It is quite evident that residen-tial experiences are far more significant for satisfaction with life than isordinarily recognised in the research literature. However, it also appearsthat this is increasingly so across the lifespan: with increasing age , resi-dential satisfaction becomes increasingly important for lifesatisfaction - Thispaper will attempt to integrate the lifespan literature as a reflection of con-temporary psychosocial research with conceptions of spatial environmentsas these affect people at different stages of life and in different socioeconom-ic and cultural positions."