Title: Innovating architecture for people with dementia: Application of research outcomes in architectural design
Authors: Van Steenwinkel, Iris
Van Audenhove, Chantal
Heylighen, Ann
Issue Date: 7-Apr-2014
Conference: Studying architectural design in dialogue with dementia edition:1 location:Leuven date:7 April 2014
Abstract: The growing prevalence of dementia in Europe and worldwide instigates discourses on living and caring environments for people with dementia. There is a large demand for scientific input. However, we found indications that the application of research results in architectural design is not evident. In this article, we explore the information that architects collect to design residential care centers for people with dementia. We aim to identify what renders the application of research outcomes in architectural design more difficult and how research outcome could stimulate innovation in architectural design for people with dementia.
Our exploration is based on interviews with six professional architects experienced in designing environments for people with dementia, and a literature review on the sources, form, and content of knowledge about environment-based strategies for people with dementia.
We conclude, first, that research outcomes often lack information about the physical environment that was studied; second, that the perspective from people with dementia and from architects might bring about innovation; and third, that a reconceptualization of architectural design for people with dementia is needed.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Architecture and Design (+)
Academic Center for General Practice
LUCAS - Centre for Care Research and Consultancy

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