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Project added 31 Oct 2011
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Special recognition winning entry to the New Urban Models for Aging competition, held by the AIA American Institute of Architects and its Leading Age research center for homes for the elderly, 2011.

Brion Basha, Marvi Basha, Patrick Ebner, and Joost Meuwissen

The 2011 New Urban Models for Aging competition was held by the AIA American Institute of Architects and its Leading Age research center for homes for the elderly. In order to provide old people with a social life as rich and intergenerational as possible, the brief asked for a decentralized institution by dispersing its parts over the city instead of centralizing it into one single building complex. As for the organization of such a decentralization, the brief distinguished between independent, assisted and nursed living. For integration purposes, ‘independent’ and ‘assisted’ living would be better off quite anonymously, without a special architectural or zoning designation within the city, whereas ‘skilled nursing’ should be highly recognizable and preferably be organized in ‘small houses’ with their site and architectural character strongly expressed. The design problem to be solved would be to smoothly integrate such architecturally high profiled ‘small houses’ into a friendly urban environment, without stigmatizing them.

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