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Preparing for a Swedish Papy Boom: On ageing as a concept in a design process
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (ArcPlan research group)
2010 (English)In: 2010 International Conference on Architectural research: ARCC/ EAAE, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Sweden has to prepare for a papy boom, a French term forthe increasing proportion of senior citizens in society, viz.those aged 65 years or older. This paper focuses on amunicipal organizer’s decision-making process to arrangean open, municipal architecture competition with the aim ofpromoting future-oriented architecture for senior citizens. Asample comprising twenty-seven informants (municipalemployees, political officials and other representatives)was selected, and these people were interviewed using aqualitative, interviewing guide. A section in the guideincluded a photograph compilation in order to encouragediscussion about both the competition brief and theSwedish guideline of hominess in architecture intended forelderly, frail people. The aim of this study was to explorenotions about the appropriate, future-oriented habitats ofthe aging population. Such findings describe spatialaspects possible to use as primary generators in anarchitectural design process, and to assist the creativework of architects, when they conceive new architectureand built environments for the future, aging society. Theresult of this study suggests that the photographcompilation was effective in defining twelve key aspects ofappropriate architecture for aging. The results of this studylend support to an overarching conclusion that theappropriate habitat for aging in the future society mustexploit the aesthetic and sensuous dimension ofarchitecture.

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architecture, habitats for aging, design process, primary generators, Photolanguage method
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Architectural Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-33446OAI: diva2:415522
International Conference on Architectural Research, 23-26 June, Washington DC USA
QC 20110714Available from: 2011-07-14 Created: 2011-05-06 Last updated: 2011-07-14Bibliographically approved

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