Elderly, universal design, building approach


Architecture | Business | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences


Safe aging in place became an important topic in today’s residential architecture, especially after defining the home environment and its surrounding as an environment that threaten the wellbeing of the elderly by exposing one third to two third of this collective to falling accidents. This fact oriented this work to develop checklist of international and national design guidelines (n=2), to highlight first, the design standards according to the elderly with sensory, physical, and cognitive age-related impairments and, to categorize them as (informative and/ or safe) elements; second, to quantifies the architectural shortage in Lebanese buildings and houses approaches for their criticality in promoting safe accessibility and defining the wayfinding. To fortify the validity of these checklists, two international inclusive case studies” MISS Sarg Fabric-Austria” and “Siple House- Canada” representing two major types of contemporary building models (multi families and single-family models) were re-assessed. The results justified the validity and quantified these case studies abilities to protect the elderly well-being by “91 % for multi families model” and “78% for single family model”. alternately, this checklist identified and quantified the shortage in the Lebanese case studies by (78%)in the case of” Sakr building” and (64%)in the case of “Hammoud House”. At the end, it was found that adopting the concept of universal design is ideal.



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