Ageing in Place

MADE Student Project

The demographic shift towards an aging population in the Netherlands is a significant concern, with projections indicating that 25 percent of the country's citizens will be over 65 years old by 2050. Addressing the needs of these older adults to live in suitable homes that support aging in place is crucial. Older adult homes, commonly implemented by social housing corporations in urban areas, present a potential solution. By studying these buildings and their ability to support aging adults, valuable insights can be gained for future designs. To investigate the shared spaces and their attributes within older adult housing complexes, this research employs the Multi Assessment System for Built Environment (MASBE) and utilizes the social network theory. The case study conducted in this research focuses on the Laurierhof complex in Amsterdam and employs interviews and observations as data collection methods. The results of the study provide a diverse range of perspectives on the livability of the complex and how residents use the shared spaces. Based on these findings, recommendations are proposed for various target groups, including policy makers, housing corporations, and architects. These recommendations encompass design considerations aimed at enhancing indoor visibility, incorporating benches or facilitating furniture, creating space for personalization of shared areas, broadening spaces, establishing sufficient support systems, recognizing the importance of the threshold space, and providing both collective outdoor and indoor spaces.

Author: Loeki den Uijl 

Afbeelding credits

Icon afbeelding: Elderly Man in a Retirement Home by Creativa Images.png