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Education Track: Wellness
Healthy Aging: A European Perspective
NORD have designed some of the newest and most innovative healthy aging buildings in Europe, among these is the first Alzheimer Village in France, that opened recently. The number of elderly and people with dementia is increasing globally which puts severe pressure on healthcare authorities and the care sector in general. Furthermore, the current situation with the pandemic virus outbreak, is influencing all parts of the health care profession in the long-term, making it clear that the future facilities needs to be planned differently. This calls for an architecture that meets a changed course of elderly related diseases, limited care resources, and a paradigm shift in how our elderly are integrated into society. NORD Architects believe in an architecture for a healthy aging that encourages them to experience cohesion and continuation in everyday life, even when suffering from dementia. Our designs promote a high degree of flexibility and functional differentiation whilst integrating public functions with the local community.
Morten R. Gregersen and Johannes M. Pedersen will present design cases, approaches and built environments, that have received widespread attention. The presentation unfolds some of the design processes, that are often user-specific and always promote healthy, sustainable, and remarkable buildings.
“We experience an increasing interest in our Scandinavian approach to healthy aging and our design tradition of creating environments that include, rather than exclude people”, says Morten R. Gregersen
“The present situation with the pandemic virus outbreak, makes the need for a change in healthcare for elderly people visible. It calls for a paradigm shift in how our elderly are integrated into society”, says Johannes M. Pedersen
Morten R. Gregersen and Johannes M. Pedersen founded NORD Architects in 2003 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2017, Mia Baarup Tofte joined the partnership. NORD Architects have received international acclaim for their work as practicing architects, urbanists, curators, lecturers and public debaters.
NORD have designed and innovated healthy aging architecture, where people live in sustainable social environments. One of these typologies, ‘Alzheimer Village’, proposes a unique way to create safe and local communities for people with dementia. The architecture encourages people to live together in vibrant neighborhoods, being able to experience cohesion and continuation of everyday life.
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