Vibrant Senior Living: Rehabilitating Existing Office Towers into High-Density Senior Care Homes

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Cheung, Brian Yat Long




This thesis investigates ways to create a more humane, safe architecture to care for seniors. Of course, higher care already exists for those who can afford it, but can such high-quality environments be brought within reach of every citizen through smarter and more efficient architecture? With increasing remote-work options for white-collar workers as well as increased availability of shared working spaces, the increase of office tower vacancy provides an opportunity to rehabilitate and to repurpose. These towers immediately provide opportunities for much higher density senior care homes than currently exist, can they achieve the same or better level of medical care and quality of life with reduced costs due to an economy of scale? A greater number of seniors obtain respectable living standards, and thus can our seniors also be brought to our society's urban centers rather than be relegated to its edges as they are routinely?






Carleton University

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