Home Design in an Aging World examines changing norms and social strains in an aging world and looks at their implications for home design. Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld and Wid Chapman discuss senior home design in seven rapidly aging nations: Brazil, China, India, Israel, Japan, Sweden, and the United States. All seven of these nations are faced with the challenge of providing housing for populations that are living longer than ever before. The cross-nation discussion follows the growing trend toward a more global understanding of social issues, covering the differences among nations in terms of the effects of policy on the types of housing available, the design elements, and what people can afford. This book sensitizes the students, professionals, and the lay reader to the unique set of challenges of designing for the aging.
Study and discussion questions and cross-cultural comparisons at the end of every chapter to encourage critical thinking
Appendix "Learning from Architects and Designers" exploring accessible homes to more livable communities through real case studies
American Success Stories
Home as Proactive and Home as Reactive: Designs for Aging in Place
Quest for Community
In Sickness and in Health: Assisted Living and Long-Term Nursing Care
Learning from Other Cultures
Japan: The Future Is Robotic
China: The New Revolution Is Gray, Not Red
Sweden: Independence by Design
Brazil: Senior Housing in the Land of Youth and Beauty
Israel: From Kibbutzim to Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities
India: The Karma of Home Design
Policy and Prospects
Are We Ready for Aging?
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, AIA, is a senior faculty member at the Parsons School of Design and is a former Chair of the Interior Design Department. His firm, Wid Chapman Architects, specializes in architecture and interior design for hospitality, retail and residential developments. He has guest lectured domestically and internationally on academic and professional topics.
, PhD, is Director of the Gerontology Program and Gerontology at Hofstra University. He is a gerontologist with an interest in the interplay between aging and home-design. Together with interior designer Constance Gottlieb, he was funded by the International Federation of Dental Education Associations (IFDEA) Foundation to create modules which would teach design students about aging so that they could design more effectively for older people. In addition to Hofstra University, Rosenfeld teaches as an adjunct at Parsons School of Design.