Shaping everyday life: beyond design

Leonie Kellaher

in Inclusive housing in an ageing society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342638
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302582 | DOI:
Shaping everyday life: beyond design

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Lifetime Homes, universal and transgenerational design, along with extra-care housing and assisted living, appear to offer dwelling places sufficiently flexible and adaptable to support the everyday lives of older people. In this chapter, the author takes a critical view of the underpinning issue of whether it is possible to design a home for life. The discussion draws on a number of studies that have aimed to understand how older people relate to their built environments, whether these are ‘special’ or ‘ordinary’ domestic homes. Considering aspects of the home environment that older people appear to regard as essential, the author explores resistance to specially designed environments and asks whether and how the notion of lifetime homes can become more than an ideal.

Keywords: lifetime homes; transgenerational design; built environments; home environment; older people; domestic homes

Chapter.  7717 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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