NAKHARA (Journal of Environmental Design and Planning)

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The increase in population ageing worldwide is giving rise to the design of age-friendly cities and facilities. Recognizing elderly needs is essential to promote an active life that enables continued participation in the society. However, there is no precedent that justifies the choices in the design of spaces for the elderly, so this study proposes an evaluative model of physical design that satisfies and fulfills the needs of the elderly. The Design Pyramid is based on the Theory of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs linking the needs of the elderly with architectural attributes. The application of this model allows evaluating the spatial design and its elements and exploring improvements to promote the well-being of the elderly.

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