Home Not Hospice, an integrated community for young and old in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

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2001-05-08
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Virginia Tech
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The following thesis presents the design for a housing complex. The complex provides homes for two different segments of our population: single families and older or disabled persons and couples.

Located in Old Town Alexandria Virginia, the project sits on the banks of the Potomac River.

The question of integration is central to this thesis. The first design challenge is to integrate the older persons and persons with disabilities into the community. Successfully done, this will prevent the sense of separation and isolation that can often result when people's physical limitations restrict their access to the world around them. The second design challenge is to integrate the complex itself into an existing, homogenous Old Town Alexandria neighborhood.

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urbanism, housing, accessible design, assisted living, Architecture, mixed-use
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