De-Medicalizing Architecture: Humanizing Design and Intervention for Elderly Care

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  • The role of architecture in the design of elderly centered health spaces is becoming increasingly more important as the baby boomer generation, now comprising nearly 23% of the Canadian population (Statistics Canada) approaches retirement. This group is advancing rapidly into old age, and will require facilities that are able to provide both individual and collective comfort and health. If this is accurate, we are led to ask how architecture can act as the environment and vehicle for providing quality care for the elderly population. This could also oppose the cure mentality central to conventional hospital design. The thesis will seek to answer: how can the design of humanized healthcare facilities for the elderly, focusing on quality architectural interventions that promote the notion of ‘care’, improve health indicators and promote community interaction. In other words: can architecture be de-medicalized.

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  • 2015


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