From Senior Living to Living for all Ages: A Change in Paradigm through Universal Design

"The foundation for consolidating the area of senior living must first be an understanding of living as a holistic process. Therefore, the parameters for the production of day-to-day objects of utility and the design of houses and cities must correspond to the requirements of both children and seniors in the future." (Eckhard Feddersen, Architect, Berlin)

The first project was developed as VILLA VIVENDI Westfalengärten for Dortmund. The start of construction is planned for spring of 2011. In the summer of 2012, VILLA VIVENDI will be move-in ready.

KDA: 39 Billion in Investments

Many associate the phrase living in old age with living at a senior residence. Actually, only seven percent of older people live in the types of housing specifically created for old age. The most frequent type of housing still is the standard apartment. However, most of these living spaces are not age-appropriate, so the conclusion of Kuratorium Deutsche Altershilfe (KDA) in a study from March 2010. According to this study, at most five percent of all older people live in apartments that are fully and partially wheelchair accessible. This corresponds to approximately 550,000 apartments. Until 2013, alone for older people, who are restricted in their mobility, approx. 2.5 million apartment modifications requiring 39 billion Euros in investments become necess