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Architecture of home in later life: towards a fivefold theoretical model
Schaff, Gwendoline; Petermans, Ann; Vanrie, Jan et al.
2022In Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, 16 (2), p. 413-433
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Keywords :
architecture; home; older people; ageing in place; age-friendly environment
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[en] Purpose Most older people wish to age “in place”. However, as current housing is mainly unsuitable for later life, architects have a key role to play. Yet, there is little architectural consideration for the notion of “ageing in place” and its various facets, beyond a functional focus. Architects seem to lack support to grasp inhabitants' sensible needs, and thus synergies with other human-centred disciplines could be enlightening. To ensure homes are designed in line with people's wellbeing, the authors aim to provide a state-of-the-art view, as to build a model supporting architects through their understanding of older people-environment relationships. Design/methodology/approach In this paper, the authors investigate the key concepts that could enrich architects' design approaches on “ageing in place”. A narrative literature review scrutinising English- and French-written publications from the last twenty years in various disciplines was conducted, with a focus on older people and non-institutionalised housing. Findings The results highlight five essential perspectives to be taken into account when questioning housing for older people: health, affective, social, built and contextual perspectives. Their meaning and ties are developed and then synthesised into considerations, calling for architectural creativity. Originality/value This fivefold theoretical model adds to the existing architectural body of knowledge by adopting a multidisciplinary and multidimensional angle, going beyond the predominantly pragmatic vision associated with ageing. It provides stakeholders in architecture with a fresh and clear insight of meaningful relationships between older people and their residential environment.
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Schaff, Gwendoline  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'Architecture > Département d'Architecture
Petermans, Ann;  Universiteit Hasselt - UH > Architecture & Arts
Vanrie, Jan;  Universiteit Hasselt - UH > Architecture & Arts
Courtejoie, Fabienne  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'Architecture
Elsen, Catherine  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département ArGEnCo > Composition architecturale
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Architecture of home in later life: towards a fivefold theoretical model
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01 February 2022
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Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research
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