Reimagining the Family Home

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    Mind map diagram of the project purpose and proposal.
    Project diagram: Catalyst mind map
    Laura Woodall
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    Diagram describing the life cycle of abandoned elderly people and children in China.
    Elderly people and orphan diagram
    Laura Woodall
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    Master plan for the orphanage.
    Master plan
    Laura Woodall
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    Diagram of the masterplan organization.
    Masterplan organization diagram
    Laura Woodall
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    Section through courtyard house.
    Section: Courtyard house
    Laura Woodall
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    Three interior views of the courtyard house.
    Interior views: Courtyard house
    Laura Woodall
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Laura Woodall
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This project addresses aging in China through the retrofit redesign of the Shao yang Social Welfare Institute (Hunan Province, China) where they have already started taking in many abandoned elderly people in the Shao yang county. The adaptation of the facility engages with issues of accessibility, for the elderly and growing number of orphans with accessibility needs. This redesign of the site responds to the topic of aging in China regarding spirituality, co-dependence, and death, in parallel to the concerns of education and therapy for the young orphans. What are the opportunities for developing community connections for the children and the elderly who have both been abandoned by their families? This is a project about place making through connection building through the addition of new housing and public institutions on site. The redesign of the master plan repositions the orphanage as the centre of the community, reconnecting the abandoned members of the city with the greater community of Shao yang.