Built Environment

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Posted: May 19, 2014

Neighbourhoods for life: Designing dementia-friendly outdoor environments

Lynne Mitchell

Design for dementia has, to date, focused on the internal, generally institutional environment of care homes and dementia care facilities. Yet the majority of older people with dementia live at home, around one third of these on their own. Unless outdoor environments are designed to help older people with dementia continue to use their local… Read more »

Posted: May 19, 2014

Outdoor wayfinding in dementia

Lynne Mitchell
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We aimed in this study to investigate (1) outdoor wayfinding performance of people with dementia; and (2) which features of the outdoor built environment are used in wayfinding by people with dementia. Sheehan B, Burton E and Mitchell L (2006). Outdoor wayfinding in dementia, Dementia, 5(2), pp. 271-281.

Posted: May 19, 2014

Neighbourhoods for Life – Design Checklist

Lynne Mitchell

A checklist of recommendations for designing dementia-friendly outdoor environments. Burton E, Mitchell, L and Raman S (2004). Neighbourhoods for Life – A checklist of recommendations for designing dementia-friendly outdoor environments.

Posted: May 12, 2014

How does inclusive design relate to good design?

Ann Heylighen

Underlying the development of inclusive design approaches seems to be the assumption that inclusivity automatically leads to good design. What good design means, however, and how this relates to inclusivity, is not very clear. Heylighen, A., Bianchin, M. (2013). How does inclusive design relate to good design?. Design Studies, 34, 93-110.

Posted: May 12, 2014

Enriching our understanding of architecture through disability experience

Ann Heylighen

The relationship between the built environment and the human body is rarely considered explicitly in contemporary architecture. In case architects do take the body into account, they tend to derive mathematical proportions or functional dimensions from it, without explicit attention for the bodily experience of a building. Heylighen, A., Van Doren, C., Vermeersch, P. (2013)…. Read more »

Posted: May 12, 2014

Home in later life

With the growing number of older people, architects face the challenge of designing appropriate residential environments for current and future generations of older people. Too often they live in houses that are not adjusted to their needs and desires, with few spatial and social qualities of a real home. Amongst architects and professional care givers… Read more »

Posted: May 12, 2014

Spatial Clues for Orientation

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The physical environment holds great potential to improve the well-being of people with dementia when designed appropriately. However, when designing environments for them, architects are faced with a lack of adequate design knowledge. Van Steenwinkel, I., Van Audenhove, C., Heylighen, A. (2012). Spatial Clues for Orientation: Architectural Design Meets People with Dementia. In: Langdon P.,… Read more »

Posted: May 12, 2014

In Search of a Future for Large-Scale Care Homes in Flanders

Ann Heylighen

In Flanders housing for people moving into old age is evolving towards small-scale facilities and better quality of life, yet the ageing of the population strains the means to achieve this to the limit. In this article, we investigate whether and how Flemish large-scale facilities, despite their negative image, can adapt to meet contemporary and… Read more »