Title page for ETD etd-02102002-171843

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Carpenter-Holmes, Arthur Alexander
URN etd-02102002-171843
Title Home Not Hospice, an integrated community for young and old in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Frascari, Marco Committee Chair
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
Wheeler, Joseph Committee Member
  • urbanism
  • housing
  • accessible design
  • assisted living
  • architecture
  • mixed-use
Date of Defense 2001-05-08
Availability unrestricted
The following thesis presents the design for a housing complex. The complex provides homes for two different segments of our population: single families and older or disabled persons and couples.

Located in Old Town Alexandria Virginia, the project sits on the banks of the Potomac River.

The question of integration is central to this thesis. The first design challenge is to integrate the older persons and persons with disabilities into the community. Successfully done, this will prevent the sense of separation and isolation that can often result when people’s physical limitations restrict their access to the world around them. The second design challenge is to integrate the complex itself into an existing, homogenous Old Town Alexandria neighborhood.

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