1st Edition

Architecture for Residential Care and Ageing Communities Spaces for Dwelling and Healthcare

Edited By Sten Gromark, Björn Andersson Copyright 2021
    308 Pages 68 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 68 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Architecture for Residential Care and Ageing Communities confronts urgent architectural design challenges within residential innovation, ageing communities and healthcare environments.

    The increasing and diversified demands on the housing market today call for alterability and adaptability in long term solutions for new integrated ways of residing. Meanwhile, an accentuated ageing society requires new residential ways of living, combining dignity, independence and appropriate care. Concurrently, profound changes in technical conditions for home healthcare require rethinking healing environments. This edited collection explores the dynamics between these integrated architectural and caring developments and intends to envision reconfigured environmental design patterns that can significantly enhance new forms of welfare and ultimately, an improved quality of life.

    This book identifies, presents, and articulates new qualities in designs, in caring processes, and healing atmospheres, thereby providing operational knowledge developed in close collaboration with academics, actors and stakeholders in architecture, design, and healthcare. This is an ideal read for those interested in health promotive situations of dwelling, ageing and caring.

    Foreword D Kirk Hamilton Preface and Acknowledgement  Sten Gromark and Bjӧrn Andersson Introduction: Exploring Architectural Validity – Health Promoting Situations of Dwelling, Ageing and Caring Sten Gromark and Bjӧrn Andersson Section I – Dwelling The Multipurpose Use of Social Sustainability – A Swedish Case; brf Viva 2019 Sten Gromark and Bjӧrn Andersson Criteria List of Housing Architecture Properties – A Way to Promote Residential Quality? Ola Nylander Residential Architecture as Enriched Environment for Recovery, Prevention and Stress Reduction Hanna Morichetto and Michael Nilsson Apartment Adaptability – A Bottom Up Concern Anna Braide Design as a Preventative Approach in Residential Settings Charlotta Thodelius The Future of ADL Dwellings – Experimental Re-Designs for the Physically Impaired Helena Casanova and Jesus Hernandez Mayor Section II – Ageing ‘Health Care is Be-Coming Home’ – In Research and Pedagogical Practice  Inga Malmqvist  Environments for Care Provision in Ordinary Housing – A Transdisciplinary Exploration of Pros and Cons Cecilia Pettersson and Helle Wijk Assisted Living for the Elderly – Features of a Swedish Model Morgan Andersson Available Space – Architectural Agency and Spatial Decision-Making in a Caring Organization Catharina Nord Supporting the Elderly Population – New Strategies for Housing in Italy Francesca Giofrè and Livia Porro Sociodemographic Plastics – From Housing and Institutions for the Elderly to Urban Lifestyle Products for the Young-Old Deane Simpson Section III – Caring  Designing with Nature for Ageing – Health-Related Effects in Care Settings Garuth Chalfont and Roger S. Ulrich Design Driven Dialogues for Healthcare Architecture Peter Frӧst It Takes More Than Evidence to Inform the Health Care Architect Stefan Lundin Design of High Technology Environments – Intensive Care Units Maria Berezecka Mårtensson Section IV – Methodological Considerations Interventions and Mixed Design Research for a Person-Centered and Safe Environment in Old Age Helle Wijk The Importance of the Physical Environment to Support Person-Centered Rehabilitation in the Home Marie Elf, Maya Kylén and Elizabeth Marcheschi  The Puzzle of Combined Evidences – Piecing Knowledge Together in Urban Development Joakin Forsemalm and Magnus Johansson AIDAH – Editor’s Post Scriptum  Sten Gromark and Bjӧrn Andersson



    Sten Gromark, Dr., Full Professor of Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, Architect SAR/MSA as a member of Architects Sweden, and Director of the research environment AIDAH, Architectural Inventions for Dwelling, Ageing and Healthcare supported by Formas from 2013 to 2019. His focus is on critical interpretations of contemporary residential architecture based on humanistic and social science-oriented perspectives.


    Björn Andersson, PhD in social work and associate professor at the Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research focuses on social relations in urban public space, outreach approaches in social work and social sustainability in urban planning.