COMPLETION DATE          2017

SEGMENT                         Space planning, Hospitality, Master planning and urban design

RESEARCH                        Architectural Concepts and Sustainable design.

RESEARCHER                   Shableet Chandra  MArch(Prof)

This research project is a response to concern about the  lack of aged care facilities in Fiji. There has been a Significant rise in the numbers of elderly individuals in Fiji, due to improved lifestyles and advances in medical research. The increasing numbers of elderly citizens have a direct impact on existing social Structure and healthcare facilities. Poverty and lack of accessibility to proper healthcare facilities in the rural sector have influenced families migration from rural to urban centers for  a better quality of life. This urban drift has Significantly contributed in a negative way in the rural communities especially as the elderly are left behind with no family social structure for support.

This research explores architectural solutions to the problems faced by elderly Fijians living in urban centers by developing alternative living arrangements to house the elderly who require accommodation and care. The research explored existing traditional living arrangements of Fijians in a multi-generational, multicultural and multi-racial society. The architectural technique adapted by contemporary Fijians has also influenced the design outcome. Modern materials and technology were employed to ensure effective use of resources and sustainable design to enhance the comfort of care environment required.
To develop the architectural proposition a number of architectural precedents were examined in relation to different care environments. These included a culturally informed designed aged care facility, a multi-generational community designed with the idea of ageing in place, a designed environment specific for a dementia care provisions and a care environment which successfully employed a village typology in New Zealand.

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Based on these processes an aged care facility was designed for Lautoka city, which both reflects and celebrates the local cultures. It provides communal living in an urban environment, which incorporates the concept of aging in place. Overall the design proposition offers an example for future developments for aged care facility design in a multicultural Pacific context and represents a major step forward in addressing the lack of appropriate aged care facilities in Fiji.

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