Japan is now facing an unprecedented increase in
the population of elderly people over sixty-five
years old. Therefore various care and nursing
systems have been developed mostly for handicapped
elderly people, but it is also important to lengthen
the term when elderly people can live comfortably at home. A traditional Japanese concept “Raku-Inkyo” means cheerful and joyful living for elderly people. Our development named “Raku-Inkyo” aims to realize new infill systems renovating elderly people’s dwellings suitable for such a living environment.
In this article the results of the first phase of the
development in 2001 are reported. In the first phase
two existing housing units were partially renovated.
This experimental design, production and installation
had three targets. Firstly to develop new components
needed for such an environment. Secondly to know and
breakthrough the difficulties of installation in existing
dwellings. Thirdly to evaluate the design from the
viewpoint of residents.
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