Inside Retirement Housing

Designing, Developing and Sustaining Later Lifestyles

By Sam Clark

Published

Nov 11, 2022

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1447357629

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Nov 11, 2022

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1447357643

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Inside Retirement Housing

Many developed nations face the challenge of accommodating a growing, ageing population and creating appropriate forms of housing suitable for older people.

Written by an architect, this practice-led ethnography of retirement housing offers new perspectives on environmental gerontology. Through stories and visual vignettes, it presents a range of stakeholders involved in the design, construction, management and habitation of third-age housing in the UK, to highlight the importance of design decisions for the everyday lives of older people.

Drawing on unique and interdisciplinary research methods, its fresh approach shows researchers how well-designed retirement housing can enable older people to successfully age in place for longer, and challenges designers, developers and providers to evolve their design practices and products.

“Sam Clark’s research-led exploration of housing in later life offers rich and tender insights for architects in practice, housing providers and all of us contemplating moving in retirement.” Rose Gilroy, Newcastle University

Sam Clark is Senior Lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.

Forewords

Bringing Design Research into Gerontology - Judith Phillips

Architectural Intelligence, for Older People - Adam Sharr

Introduction

Part 1: Ageing

1. Ageing Context

2. Specialist Accommodation

3. Baby Boomers

4. Vulnerable Friend

Part 2: Villas

5. Villa Context

6. Developer Director

7. Resident Owner

8. Villa Manager

Part 3: Professionals

9. Professional Context

10. Architecture Student

11. Company Architect

12. Town Planner

Part 4: Reflections

13. Design Tweaks

14. Retirement Reviewed

15. Global Outlook

15.