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Searching for innovative design: architectural competitions in the silvering Swedish welfare state
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Architectural Design. (Arc Plan Research group)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9715-9656
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (Arc Plan Research group)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9715-9656
2015 (English)In: Journal of Housing for the Elderly, ISSN 0276-3893, E-ISSN 1540-353X, Vol. 29, no 1-2, 24-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The new millennium has forwarded an increased larger interest in appropriate housing for the senior part of the Swedish population, aged 65 years and older. In 2010, the Swedish government launched a two-year programme called “Growing old, Living Well” that targeted living conditions for older people with few or some needs of home care services, but also the smaller group of dependent and frail older persons, whose everyday living depend upon regular caregiving. The programme promoted architectural competitions as a tool for innovation. This paper assesses the outcome of three architectural competitions that were realized by the same number of municipalities in conjunction with the programme. The paper concludes that existing notions about appropriate space for ageing prevailed, since the competition briefs evolved from existing data, and, thereby, allowed for a low degree of renewed thinking. Hence, the relationship between architectural designs and the older person’s needs due to age-related problems was only addressed indirectly. Housing for the Swedish silvering welfare state needs further detailing in order to become an essential criterion for creating innovative architecture and urban design.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Vol. 29, no 1-2, 24-52 p.
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appropriate housing for senior citizens, architecture and eldercare, architectural competition, competition brief, social welfare goal.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158250DOI: 10.1080/02763893.2015.989120ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84937417181OAI: diva2:775838

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Available from: 2015-01-05 Created: 2015-01-05 Last updated: 2016-02-14Bibliographically approved

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