Slide 1
A new advertisement for the Asser Levy Recreation Center for Juniors and Seniors.
Slide 2
Juniors and seniors each enter the respective entryways built specifically for them.
Slide 3
The "Living Wall" in the lobby provokes curiosity and creates a joint opportunity to care for fish.
Slide 4
The Storytelling Room under the sunlit Sky Library has both private and public moments.
Slide 5
A junior and senior citizen are both need to operate a device that transports books from floor to floor.
Slide 6
Specially designed rocking chairs allow juniors to rock seniors to sleep after some storytelling.
Slide 7
In the Napscape, juniors and seniors lie under the dark canopy on a soft, comfortable surface.

Bridging the Gap Between the Older and Younger Generations

A healthy relationship between the older and younger generations has positive effects on both groups, and can also make modern society more cohesive. Globalization has caused a cultural shift that has disposed of the tradition of caring for the old and the young, making societies less collectivistic, more individualistic. It is necessary to combat the isolation both groups face, so that these crucial members of society are not left out. A shared space between older and younger generations allows for a merging of different perspectives, and generates cultural enrichment. Junior citizens will regain respect for the senior citizens, because the knowledge they gain will help them value and appreciate their own lives. Simultaneously, the space can let senior citizens feel as if they are still in control, are functional, and are respected. The Human Development Index has shown that human development cannot rely on economic growth alone; without a high quality of life, cultural development will not take place.

Thesis Advisor: Jonsara Ruth