Integrative Ways of Residing Health and Quality of Residence. A Concerted Trans-Disciplinary Research Effort - AIDAH ‘14-‘18. Architectural Inventions for Dwelling, Ageing and Healthcare
Paper in proceeding, 2014

The original AIDAH environment intends to generate cross-disciplinary research and implementation projects for a sustainable built environment that confront three major challenges. (1) Increasingly diverse demands on the housing market call for flexibility and adaptability in resilient ways. (2) An ageing society requires new residential models that combine dignity and appropriate care but also provide good working environments for personnel. (3) Profound changes in technical conditions for caring and medical treatment necessitate rethinking traditional healthcare situations, developing new situations ranging from complex care in residence to intensive care units in hospital and patient hotels. Sustainability issues at stake in patterns of residential behaviour must be considered to have paramount importance in any strategy for a resilient urban future. The involved teams provide different and complementary perspectives focusing on the common notion of quality of residence considered in architectural, spatial and experiential properties of built environments for housing and healthcare contexts. The applied conceptual and theoretical framework focuses on architectural and caring innovations for reconfigured spatial situations that enhance sustainable caring, and improve health, welfare, and living quality. Our research effort will focus on identifying and characterizing strategies directed towards the integration of different ways of residing. The scientific integration in conceptual and methodological terms between architecture qualitative research, sociology of residence, and caring sciences is intended to bridge gaps and initiate cross disciplinary approaches. Objectives include identifying and articulating new resilient qualities in designs supporting care processes and healing environments, thereby providing new operational knowledge developed in close collaboration with diverse stakeholders. International exchanges will provide further strategic evidence-based design support for decision makers in planning, building and healthcare services. The cross-disciplinary teams of researchers from architectural design, social and caring sciences are based at the Centre for Healthcare Architecture and the CIB W069 Residential Studies, both hosted by Chalmers.

residential resilience

residential sociology

quality of life

ways of residing


health and caring sciences

architecture humanities

projective architectural design practices

evidence-based design and qualitative research



Sten Gromark

Chalmers, Architecture

Inga Malmqvist

Chalmers, Architecture

Peter Fröst

Chalmers, Architecture

Ola Nylander

Chalmers, Architecture

Marie Elf

Chalmers, Architecture

Catharina Thörn

University of Gothenburg

International Conference ARCH 14 on Research on Health Care Architecture, Helsinki Aalto University 19-21 Nov 2014

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Other Humanities not elsewhere specified

Cultural Studies

Health Sciences

More information