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Chapter 1 Research into the Current Supply of Housing for the Elderly


Only the rooms facing north have access to an elongated balcony. Poon criticized the use of side-hung rather than sliding windows, as there is a threat of getting hit by an opening window when someone passes through. Door thresholds hinder the mobility of wheelchair users. Besides, it gets very hot in summer as the split air-conditioning units are placed in the middle of the balcony. Drainage pipes are exposed in various unexpected spots, posing safety hazards for residents.34 The lack of communication between designers and building users has clearly undermined the intention of creating a desirable living environment.

FIGURE 1.62 Faulty designs

Year 5 Thesis  

Ageing in Hong Kong? Study on Local Elderly Housing & Multi-generational Living in Future

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