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AUT161 - Space for healtcare, housing and work 1B. Elderly
Owner: MPARC
15,0 Credits
Grading: UG - Fail, pass
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture
Department: 55 - ARCHITECTURE

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0107 Project, part A 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c    
0207 Project, part B 12,0 c Grading: UG   12,0 c    

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Bitr professor  Inga Malmqvist


AUT160   Housing and the built environment. Studioproject 2:3


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.


The students shall obtain knowledge of and ability to design new housing for elderly and improvements of housing, to make it easier staying in ordinary home even without some abilities.
Focus will be not only on the elderly but also on the persons who are working in other persons homes; personnel in home-care and in healthcare.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Design, as a teamworker, a complex of elderly-housing
Use the concepts of elderly housing and space for care
Take place in a work of programming for space for elderly, combining aspects of spaces for work, care and living
Design and Communicate in the complex process of changes in existing housing-areas


This area concerns mainly elderly persons, who are becoming many more in the next decades, and will put up high demands on their spaces for every-day life. What needs to be changed or re-designed? What kind of localities and facilities are requested outside the individual homes when more of care-activities will take place in private homes?

We will use and discuss concepts and practice different techniques for user-participation and for briefing. The students will also get the opportunity to work in a full-scale laboratory.
The application in this project may be either re-design of excising flats, or the design of new service flats, both supplied with a study on consequences on the urban level of housing-area.

This design-project will also be one part of a research- and development project called Healthcare in Housing.


The education consists of design-exercises with assistance of teachers, lectures and study-visits in object of elderly-homes etc.


Literature will be in English, but also, for the Swedish students, in Swedish. The students are requested to reflect on the read literature, and make parallels with other literature or of their occupational experiences. Some examples of literature are:

- Lundgren, E. (2000) Homelike Housing for Elderly People - Materialized ideology. I. Housing, Theory & Society Vol.17 No.3 2000

- Reginer, Victor, FAIA: Design for assisted living; guidelines for housing the physically and mentally frail, ISBN 0-471-3518-2

- Paulsson, Jan (2002) Det nya äldreboendet. Idéer och begrepp, byggnader och rum. Svensk byggtjänst

- Ulrich, Roger (2001) Effects on Healthcare environmental design on medical outcomes. I. Dilani, A (2001) Design & Health - The Therapeutic Benefits of Design. Svensk byggtjänst

- Wijk,Helle (red) (2004) Goda miljöer och aktiviteter för äldre. Studentlitteratur. ISBN 91-44-03315-x


To obtain the grade passed, the following is required:
A design-project with presentation of site-plan, plans, sections, facades or views of walls (depending on the application) that clearly shows the intention and solution of your project, plus text and an oral presentation.

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