Dewsbury, G, & Edge, M
“The 21st Century Home: The changing way in which the
home is used and integrated into daily life”.
In the Proceedings of Building for 21st Century Living: Housing
Design to Meet the New Demographics. Tuesday, 22nd November 2005 Glaziers Hall,
This paper considers the role of assistive technology in
relation to current housing design principles within the field of health and
well being. The concepts of barrier free ‘lifetime homes’,
inclusive and/or universal design/design for Life are considered and UK community
care and Building Regulations are investigated in relation to the design
process. It is contended that the current role of assistive technology in
relation to disabled and older people can be developed through the use of
assistive technology and that the concept of the design of the home should
extend beyond the ‘bricks and mortar’ physical approach to take
account of rapid advances in information and communication technology.