Aging in Place: Evolving Architecture for an Aging Population within Established Inner City Neighborhoods in Calgary
van Ellenberg, Paul
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This thesis examines how current demographics and evolving family dynamics act as a catalyst for the evolution of a building in response to how the elderly can successfully age in place. Through the design of a residential building in an inner city neighborhood of Calgary, Alberta, this thesis explores the potential for architecture to accommodate diverse families (such as singles, couples, single parent families, and the elderly) in one development, maintaining existing relationships, promoting social cohesiveness, and providing an informal network of support for the elderly. The project investigates how architecture might facilitate the integration of the elderly through ?exible relationships of building programme and unit variation.