Preparing for a Swedish Papy Boom: On Aging as a Concept in a Design Process

Jun 23, 2010

Sweden has to prepare for a papy boom, a French term for the increasing proportion of senior citizens in society, viz. those aged 65 years or older. The aim of this study was to explore notions about the appropriate, future-oriented habitats of the aging population. Such findings describe spatial aspects possible to use as primary generators in an architectural design process and to assist the creative work of architects when they conceive new architecture and built environments for the future, aging society. The result of this study suggests that the photograph compilation was effective in defining twelve key aspects of appropriate architecture for aging.

keywords: architecture, habitats for aging, design process, primary generators, photolanguage method

Jonas E. Andersson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)
Presented at: 
ARCC/EAAE 2010 International Conference on Architectural Research
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)

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