Geuna / Learning from Dementia Villages

Learning from Dementia Villages Examining End-of-life Care Spaces as XXI Century Collective Living Types

Author: Alberto Geuna, Politecnico di Milano

Supervisor: Pierre-Alain Croset, DAStU, Politecnico di Milano

Research stage: Intermediate doctoral stage

Category: Paper

DDR Statement

The research is composed of a reflective and projective phase. The reflective phase methods aim to investigate the principles and practices that define the case studies’ architecture. The investigation of codes and regulations is mainly tackled with archival research. At the same time, the analysis of the practices takes the shape of observation on-site and interviews with architects and developers. The projective phase will constitute a handbook for dementia-driven architecture. The reflective and projective moments are not envisioned as separate. Rather, they act as a continuous generation of a body of knowledge determined by superimposing layers of drafting, as described by Peter Zumthor in Thinking Architecture: “After a certain time, the object I am designing takes on some of the qualities of the mages I use as models if I can find a meaningful way of interlocking and superimposing these qualities the object will assume a depth and richness.”