Housing for seniors: there is neither a state program, nor an architect
In Russia there are no specialists who can design houses for seniors, whereas abroad this market is actively developing. Do seniors need specially designed architecture? Sociologists state that the ageing process of cities and towns is in process, and in some decades the majority of the population will be middle-aged and elderly. Are we ready for this phenomenon? Isn’t it time to reconsider the notion of senescence?
Architect Nickolai Shumakov: now it’s the museums’ turn to be in the malls’ backyard
If you ask an architect what architecture can do, he will immediately answer: Everything! Good architecture can provide for a town’s prosperity, but bad architecture can cause urban decay. There are lots of examples. We talked with the President of the Moscow Architects’ Union, Nickolai Shumakov, about the role of architecture and architects in the life of a town or city.