In the past few years, China has emerged as Senior Living's land of opportunity. Demographic and cultural shifts in elderly care are resulting in a growing need for housing with provisions for the delivery of care services.
China's over 60 population is set to reach 240 million by 2020 and 360 million by 2030. Because of this, American designers and Senior Living operators are heading to China and bringing with them American models of Senior Living.
One challenge that designers face is modifying the senior housing and care model which is grounded in American culture and modifying it to reflect a Chinese audience.
The AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Committee is seeking ideas in response to the following questions:
-What are the specific features of a flexibly designed residential unit for seniors living independently or with assistance that can accommodate a variety of functional impairments?
-What are examples of culturally specific design solutions that make this project specific to its context?
This competition is open to all upper division (3rd year or higher) or graduate level students. Individual or team entries are acceptable.
Submissions will be due to the AIA by December 22, 2013.
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