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Document Type

Campus Access

Degree Program

Architecture

Degree Type

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Year Degree Awarded

2010

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

hosing, intergenational, housing, seniors

Abstract

The longer life expectancy of new generations and the aging of the Baby Boom one, present a new challenge and opportunity to the development of housing options for persons of old age. While many of the current models promote age segregation, this master thesis promotes inclusion.

This project attempts to develop an environment that facilitates the interaction between persons in different stages of life with the intention to maximize a mutually rewarding intergenerational interaction.

The focus of this project is the design of an urban apartment building. One that provides small living units but plenty of interior and exterior social spaces interlocked with circulation and services in order to provide unstructured social opportunities. The building site is on the corner of Triangle St and Pray St in Amherst, MA. The majority of the area of the site is currently used as a parking lot and is surrounded by small businesses and services.

First Advisor

Ray K Kinoshita

Second Advisor

Kathleen R. Lugosch

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