Yuanhong Ma

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Qualification
B.Arch, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT)
M.Arch, Harbin Institute of Technology

Research Title
Embedded Community Elderly Centre Architectural Design in China: Based on Social Design Perspective 

Supervisors
Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu (Chief Supervisor)
Prof. Zou Guangtian (Co- supervisor in HIT)

About the Research
In China about 97% of older persons are aging in place relying on home care and community service. However, many existing communities cannot provide sufficient older persons support to maintain an aging-friendly living environment. It is thus essential to solve this aging society problem. This study is from a social design perspective and focuses on the embedded community elderly centre (ECEC) architectural design in existing Chinese urban communities. The aim of the research is to establish a participatory architectural design framework and method of ECEC, in order to help government, social institutions, community residents and architects work together to improve existing communities to be more aging-friendly. The major research questions are:

  • What is the content and steps for the architectural design of ECEC based on social design perspective?
  • What are the attitudes and demands of different stakeholders towards ECEC architectural design?
  • How to improve the existing communities into ones that promote the social inclusion of older persons?

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