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Open House Worldwide festival: Housing and the People


As households the world-over change in size, composition, values and dreams, how should the architecture of our homes evolve to match? Housing and the People, the second Open House Worldwide festival, seeks global answers to what makes housing a home.

Created by the Open House Worldwide network, Housing and the People is a daylong live broadcast of tours of housing projects in Melbourne, Taipei, Buenos Aires, London, New York, and more.

Open House Dublin is proud to be partnering with Oslo to present Home is where the help is: AVA Housing and Carpe Diem Dementia Village Saturday 9 April, 1:00-1:50pm Dublin time.

All homes should be places of care and comfort, although housing for the elderly or those best suited for changing situations can often be isolating or challenging to manage. This session features two housing projects for supported living, allowing older people and people with dementia to thrive and enjoy where they live. The first is the AVA Housing in Dublin, a proposal to retrofit the homes of older adults, allowing them to downsize within their own homes and address the city’s housing shortage at the same time. On a larger scale, the Carpe Diem Dementia Village in Oslo is a stylish and sensitively designed complex consisting of 136 communal housing units and 22 high care dementia units to provide a compassionate community for those suffering from the disease. Both models offer new ways of living and ageing well.

Ciarán Ferrie, Principal, Ciarán Ferrie Architects
Johannes Eggen, Senior Partner, Nordic — Office of Architecture
Nathalie Weadick, Director, Irish Architecture Foundation

Check out the full festival programme, including on-demand films, and register for free through the Housing and the People festival website!

Explore bold housing estates and neighbourhoods, meet residents and architects reshaping dwellings, and join critical debates about the future of housing.


Photo: Carpe Diem Dementia Village, Oslo, courtesy of Benjamin A. Ward.

Photo by Benjamin A. Ward of the Carpe Diem Dementia Village in Oslo. An elderly man and woman with their backs to the camera walk down a path towards modern 2-storey buildings. There is a gazebo and gardens in front of the buildings.