Ageing Well at Home

About researching theoretical, spatial and operational factors enhancing ageing well at home.
Project Summary

This research project, conducted by Gwendoline Schaff, questions “ageing well” at home in Wallonia and proposes (a) to identify the expectations and well-being factors of the elderly regarding their housing, (b) to identify the spatial and architectural qualities making it possible to create or strengthen a “homey” feeling for these seniors, and (c) to provide architects with tools to help them promote well-being when working on living environments dedicated to seniors.

To provide answers to these questions, four main phases are developed: (1) a theoretical reading of the current situation of ageing at home; (2) a situated understanding of the Walloon context via focus groups with experts in ageing and / or housing; (3) the testing of a methodological device with architectural students and the identification of the first architectural translations of « aging well at home »; (4) case studies and in situ observations with ageing people in order to understand their daily life-habits and the spatial arrangements created within their homes; with practicing designers, to understand the professional realities related to the implementation of housing projects for seniors.

Projects Info
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  • CollaboratorsULiège Faculty of Architecture (Prof. Courtejoie); UHasselt Faculty of Architecture & Arts (Prof. Petermans & Prof. Vanrie)
  • Funding InstitutionF.R.S.-FNRS
  • Date2018 - 2022

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