Typology: Kit of Tools for Older Adults
Studio: University of Michigan, Propositions
Location, Rabat, Morocco

By 2050, the global population aged 60 years or over is expected to double reaching 2.1 billion. Studies have shown an increase in social and health concerns with regard to the older population. The goal of my project is to cater to self-care and appropriate housing needs for the elderly by establishing a community framework of mutual support, by exploding the facilities in an older adult community within a cities framework. The goal for this proposition is to experiment with ways to generate a more socially relevant and useful architecture that provides older adults with freedom and empowerment that could correspond more readily to changing societal needs.
I began by researching the Shabonos of the Yanomami Tribe in the Amazon rainforest. They live in communal villages formed from a large shabono. The Shabono is a hut constructed mainly of thatched palm leaves and wood. They’re conical in shape and surround a central open space where feasts and ceremonies are celebrated. They live in extended family communities where individual families separate their own living space with interior wooden posts. I’m interested in studying their community structure to create an alternative for traditional aging facilities. 
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The site is located in the capital of Morocco, Rabat. Almost a quarter of Rabat’s population is expected to be over 60 by 2050. Their culture values the strong family bonds, support to child care, financial support, and the additional companionship gained from living with extended family. I’m proposing a networked co-living infrastructure that is compromised of a decentralized “kit of tools for older adults” which is incorporated among existing urban spaces.
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