Reimagining Age-In Living: An Exploration Into the Second Half of Life

dc.contributor.authorMerrill, Logan Michaelen
dc.contributor.committeechairEdge, Kay F.en
dc.contributor.committeememberVance, Robert Louisen
dc.contributor.committeememberMcGrath, Margaritaen
dc.contributor.committeememberGreen, William R.en
dc.description.abstractThe concept of home is one that has existed since humans first sought a place of refuge and shelter. These spaces have certainly evolved and been adapted over time, however, the logic behind this drive to create spaces that protect and envelope is the same. To have a home is to establish a space that is all your own. In its most basic form, it is essentially a container for the love and memories that are tied to home life and the relationships forged there. The concept of age-in living is one that can and should be elevated to the level of dwelling rather than living or simply existing. This thesis analyses the home at a fundamental level and fosters a way forward for families choosing to remain in their personal residence as long as possible.en
dc.description.abstractgeneralAge-in living is an area of residential architecture that currently has no formal design or construction related guidelines. The fact is, this is an area of design that has received little to no formal consideration as a subject in its entirety. The traditional solution to this process has been assisted and independent living facilities for elderly individuals who have encountered troubles while living within their own homes. In an age where design guidelines address topics from biophilia, sustainability, and overall user well-being, this same mindset can be applied to age in living. Affordability also become a major component of retirement, especially when assisted living independent living, or memory care becomes necessary. This thesis serves as a design example of the potential within the area of age-in living within the residential environment. While this design guideline is intended for new construction homes, it can be applied to renovations as well.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Architectureen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subjectAge-in Livingen
dc.titleReimagining Age-In Living: An Exploration Into the Second Half of Lifeen
dc.typeThesisen Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen of Architectureen
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