Age is just a number
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This diploma investigates how changing the way we design housing for the elderly can respond to the demographic shift, by proposing a shift from institutionalized, age-segregated housing to an age-inclusive and social way of living. Through an architectural project focused on sharing and intergenerational relations, an alternative way of living for students in early adulthood with senior citizens in the later years after retirement is proposed. The goal is to enhance quality of life for two age groups particularly prone to loneliness in their current housing situations. By investigating different levels of sharing in an intergenerational housing community, the idea is to facilitate a social framework that can provide a safe, active, and lively everyday life for its residents.