In the 1960s, schools of architecture started teaching that their discipline wasn’t just about beauty or efficiency or design — it was about people. One of the most important innovations that emerged in that era was the field of environment and behavior studies, which holds that people’s needs dictate architectural design. When Benyamin Schwarz became a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan, he chose the field of Environmental Gerontology, and it became his life’s work.
Schwarz describes why the world needs better-designed nursing homes, especially for dementia patients. One example of his own work is Parc Provence, a skilled nursing and assisted living facility in the St. Louis area.
The story of one man who couldn’t survive the troubles aging and the culture of the United States’ nursing homes.
How architects can design homes that will sustain people as they age.