Coping with complexity: designing homes and facilities for frail and dependent elderly in a changing society

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Verkerk, M.J. (2017). Coping with complexity: designing homes and facilities for frail and dependent elderly in a changing society. In G. Demiris, J. van Hoof & E.J.M. Wouters (Eds.), Handbook of Smart Homes, Health Care and Well-Being (pp. 23-31). Berlin: Springer. In Scopus Cited 0 times.

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Demographic changes, technological innovations, and plurality in values place architects and consulting engineers for large challenges. This chapter unravels the different types of complexity that play a role in designing homes for frail elderly and facilities for adults with dementia. Five types of complexity are identified as follows: aspectual complexity, contextual complexity, stakeholderrelated complexity, value-based complexity, and technological complexity. It is shown that this model guides architects and consulting engineers in analyzing and designing complex homes and facilities.