Frau, Giuliana (2015) Vita in città di A.: l'abitare dell'anziano oltre una progettazione "a isola": sicurezza, inclusività, orientamento. Doctoral Thesis.
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This research project explores an interdisciplinary framework which includes urbanization; increasing growth of older people and neurodegenerative illness as Alzheimer’s Disease (AD); United Nation and European Union policies on Active and Healthy Ageing and Ageing in Place; the thinking of philosophers and architectural theorists about inhabitation phenomenology ; medicine and neuroscience studies on the human knowledge process.
Under investigation are the architectural and urban forms designed to improve urban accessibility for people with mild cognitive impairment or early stage of AD, in Europe since 1960.
The following work starts from the assumption that past and contemporary proposals about living for older people with AD reflect segregation patterns, are limited to the residential field and that safety and security are their primary requirements.
The main purpose is to ensure the access and the right to the city improving the walk-ability, as mobility is considered an essential condition to avoid social exclusion. Specifically, the project aims to find some patterns of urban and spatial syntax which allow old people with AD to go out, get around in their city and go back home easily and without get lost.
Finally, this study identifies the person suffering from AD as an ideal subject for planning urban public spaces.
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