Beginning with population level trends on location and typology - we are working to better understand where seniors choose to live, and how architectural modifications might empower more vibrant grass roots communities:
Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population, with approx 4 million (66% in 2016) living in
census metropolitan areas, a 21% increase in 5 years. This trend is expected to intensify over the next two decades
as senior populations double in size.
Increasing urbanization has given rise to the phenomena of vertical aging: seniors downsizing into apartment
buildings, co-ops and condos not originally built for seniors. Nowhere is this phenomenon more apparent than in
Toronto where, in the downtown core alone, there are over 200 high-rise buildings where over 40 percent of
residents are seniors. How might we retrofit existing urban highrise buildings to better fit the physical and
psychological needs of our rapidly aging population?
This study aims to understand this stock of buildings from a spatial/environmental standpoint, and to present a
series of insights and design opportunities to inform future building retrofits that support aging with grace. Working
with AMS Healthcare, and referencing their findings and data on vertical aging in Toronto and beyond- we will
understand state of the art literature, architecturally document existing trends in vertical aging in Toronto, identify
opportunities for better design, and mock-up 1:1 paper prototypes to better understand feasibility and desirability
with senior residents.
Graphics by Kat Fu. Analysis by Humanics.