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Architecture for all Generations

Germany 16/02/13-19/05/13


Architecture for all Generations © Dirk Altenkirch, Karlsruhe

“Network Living. Architecture for all Generations” is an exhibition presented by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in 2013 and conceived as a call for standardization in the field of housing for the elderly.

The 35 residential buildings presented in the exhibition show that, ideally, housing for the elderly should enable residents to continue their lifestyle habits. At the same time, the social opportunities are highlighted. Be it people living alone in a detached house, living together with others in a communal housing project or living in an apartment in a multistory block in a district with self-organized neighborhood assistance, the topic of housing for the elderly is architecturally diverse and multifaceted.

Examples from Europe and beyond demonstrate innovative approaches, including villas by Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto, Atelier Bow-Wow and David Chipperfield Architects for older clients are multi-occupancy houses with communal areas by Will Alsop, Baumschlager Eberle and Fink + Jocher Architekten.  Age-appropriate conversions in Switzerland is one of the topics addressed, as are assisted-living in Luxembourg, renovation work in Germany and a revitalized village in Italy. These contemporary residential projects are complemented by historical ones by Le Corbusier, Robert Venturi, Philip Johnson and Richard Rogers.

All 35 projects are presented by plans, models, photographs and short filmic documentations. The entire exhibition space is staged as a large living space to be touched and felt. Photographer Barbara Klemm documented the diversity of lives experienced by older people in a series of portraits which form the beginning of the exhibition. There are also individual focal topics on areas of product design, assistance systems, intelligent building technology and mobility (e-bikes, walking frames, shopping carts, car sharing).

A comprehensive accompanying programme put together in cooperation with trades and industry, social services and the real estate market offers visitors further opportunities to find out more and to discuss about prerequisites in terms of architectural solutions and networks.

Promotor: Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)

The DAM was founded in 1984 as the first architecture museum in Germany. It organizes temporary exhibitions with national and international topics of architecture and urbanism. As a place of discussion for current issues it organizes a series of conferences and workshops, issues numerous publications and is represented on national and international juries.

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