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Architecture for the silver generation: Exploring the meaning of appropriate space for ageing in a Swedish municipality
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (ArcPlan group)
2011 (English)In: Health and Place, ISSN 1353-8292, E-ISSN 1873-2054, Vol. 17, no 2, 572-587 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on an architecture competition for the silver generation, namely those aged 65 years and older. Twenty-seven Swedish informants were interviewed using an interviewing guide that included a photographic survey. The informants emphasised aesthetic dimensions in architecture for the prolongation of ageing in place and independent living in a residential home. This study highlights the individual adjustment of space, and the integrated location in existing urban settings near nature. Based on the findings, a habitational model for exploring the appropriate space for ageing is formulated. It suggests that architecture through location and spatial features needs to generate positive associations with the users.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 17, no 2, 572-587 p.
Keyword [en]
architecture, place making, ageing in place, residential homes, user values
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-33442DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.12.015ISI: 000289339000020PubMedID: 21317019Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79952534505OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-33442DiVA: diva2:415513
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QC 20110516Available from: 2011-05-06 Created: 2011-05-06 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Architecture and Ageing: On the Interaction between Frail Older People and the Built Environment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Architecture and Ageing: On the Interaction between Frail Older People and the Built Environment
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis deals with the type of architecture that materializes when age-related problems become a long-term condition (LTC) and gradually restrain the individual’s ability to perform activities in daily life (ADL). Their life situation necessitates a support from relatives or municipal eldercare staff in order for them to continue to participate in everyday living. In addition, the architectural space requires a close adjustment to the personal panorama of cognitive or functional impairments. The habitat can be a flat appropriated many years previously or in a residential care home for dependent and frail seniors. Architecture for ageing with dependency demonstrates how space can be used either to affirm or oppress the older person’s attempts to maintain an independent life style. By use of design theory, case study methodology and a heterogeneous research strategy, this study uses a threefold approach—a retrospective, a contemporaneous, and a future-oriented approach—to explore frail older people’s interaction with the architectural space of residential care homes. This has resulted in seven papers that focus on aspects of these human interactions with the built environment. Based on twelve exemplary models, the research paper I concludes that national guidelines result in a homelike, a hotel-like or a hospital-like environment. Research paper II is a retrospective study that examines the use of architecture competitions as a socio-political instrument to define architectural guidelines. Research paper III focuses on dependent seniors’ spatial appropriation of the communally shared space of a ward in a residential care home. Research paper IV employs two environmental assessment methods from the architecture profession and gerontological research (TESS-NH) in order to evaluate the use of interior colouring when refurbishing two residential care homes while the residents remained in place. Research paper V displays a municipal organizer’s considerations to opt for an architecture competition as a means of renewing architecture for the ageing population. Research paper VI examines competition documentation of three municipal architecture competitions organized during the period of 2006 to 2009. Research paper VII, the final study, explores notions concerning the appropriate space for ageing found among a group of municipal representatives, and people from organizations defending older people’s right. It supplies a model for understanding the appropriate space for ageing. This study illustrates the absence of older people with frailties in the public discussion about appropriate architecture for ageing. During the 20th century, the multi-dimensional idea of an architectural space with a homelike appearance has been used to contrast the negatively charged opposite—the complete and austere institution. The overarching conclusion of this study is that architecture for dependent and frail seniors constitutes a particular type of built space that requires an extended dialogue involving dependent seniors, architects, building contractors and care planners in order to conceive appropriate architecture for the ageing society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: E-print AB, 2011. viii, 186 p.
Series
Trita-ARK. Akademisk avhandling, ISSN 1402-7461 ; 2011:3
Keyword
residential care home architecture, architecture competition, user values and planning considerations, appropriate space for ageing, homelikeness, societal building
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-40483 (URN)
Public defence
2011-10-12, F3, Lindstedtsväg 26, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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QC 20110921Available from: 2011-09-21 Created: 2011-09-16 Last updated: 2011-09-21Bibliographically approved

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