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01 January 2021
Architectural Science Review
Special Issue Editor(s)
Associate Professor Jan Golembiewski BfA BArch MArch PhD,
Architect and mental health design specialist
Dr Kirsty Bennett BArch Hons Grad Dip Ger BD Hons, PhD Candidate,
Architect, dementia design specialist, Research Fellow (Environmental Design, University of Wollongong)
Architectural Design Science for Dementia
This call for papers is for a special issue dedicated to an exploration of the most appropriate evidence-based
and theoretical approaches to designing for people with dementia. According to WHO figures, In
2010, there were 35.6 million people living with dementia, this number is expected to increase to 70m by
2030 and to 135m by 2050, with the greatest growth in the countries that can least afford it, so the search
for evidence about how design affects people with dementia is an important endeavour. Environmental
design for people with dementia can be highly problematic. Dementia compounds the physical disabilities
that already tend to worsen with age and poor health, posing an additional set of problems including loss of
social networks, cognitive decline, memory loss and potentially challenging behaviours. While poor design
exacerbates all of these problems, thoughtful design interventions have been shown to help. This Special
Issue is an opportunity to share your insights and the evidence supporting them, into the following very
important areas of design.
We invite authors to submit research papers, reviews, discussions, case studies and conceptual articles on
topics including, but not limited to:
- Neuro-design: How can we use design to maintain neural plasticity, happiness, independence and
- Innovation: What new ideas will help people with dementia remain in their own homes longer?
- Theory: What appropriate theoretical models or principles that may be used to improve design for
people with dementia? Are there any new models or ones that can be taken from other disciplines?
- Policy: What can architectural-science bring to (or turned to) policy to improve the physical
environments of people with dementia (own homes, residential aged care, palliative care, acute
- Typologies: How do we handle various design typologies in the light of a growing global dementia
problem – including cities and towns, own homes and aged care homes, gardens, public spaces (both
indoor and outdoor), and hospitals and hospices?
- Retrofit: are there approaches that should be looked at or adopted when old facilities are being
retrofitted for new paradigms?
- Case studies and pre-and post-occupancy evaluation: Are there lessons from buildings that have
undergone pre- and/or post-occupancy evaluation that should be reported?
- Environmental factors: How can environmental factors be addressed, such as lighting, the acoustic
environment, air-quality, olfactory environment etc?
- Cost effectiveness: Are there designs that reduce capital and operational costs while maintaining, or
even improving, outcomes for people with dementia?
- Cultural factors: Are there principles of design that are common to all cultures? Are there principles of
design that must be considered when designing for specific cultures?
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Please send an Expression of Interest as soon as possible with the title, 350 word abstract and 500 word
research synopsis to register for this Special Edition. Email to: Jan A. Golembiewski +61 424 936 263
The ASR online portal (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/www.earthscan.co.uk/journal/ASRE) will be
open for paper submissions on June 1, 2020.
The papers will be double blind reviewed by the Special Edition Technical committee and published online,
once they are accepted. An official volume of this Special Issue will be published in early 2022.
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