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  • 1.
    Berglund Snodgrass, Lina
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Nord, Catharina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    The Continuation of Dwelling: Safety as a Situated Effect of Multi-Actor Interactions Within Extra-Care Housing in Sweden2019In: Journal of Housing for the Elderly, ISSN 0276-3893, E-ISSN 1540-353X, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 171-188Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines the space–time situatedness of residing within extra-care housing (ECH) in Sweden. EHC constitutes an example of ordinary housing but is often categorized, along with senior housing, as “in-between housing.” What differentiates the extra-care housing from the ordinary is an age limit for moving in, the provision of communal facilities, and the presence of staff at certain times each week. Two housings with different environmental and architectural conditions have been analyzed through spatial analyses, observations, and interviews with residents (n = 18). The article concludes that the two different assemblings enabled two very different possibilities for accessing “safe aging.” One offered opportunities for the continuation of identities which contributed to feelings of safety, and one demanded the reconstitution of identities for developing meaning in the new housing.

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  • 2.
    Högström, Ebba
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Nord, Catharina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Introduction2017In: Caring architecture.: Institutions and relational practices / [ed] Nord, Catharina & Högström, Ebba, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Mahrs Träff, AnnSofie
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, SWE.
    Cedersund, Elisabeth
    Linköpings universitet, SWE.
    Nord, Catharina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Perceptions of physical activity among elderly residents and professionals in assisted living facilities2017In: European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, ISSN 1813-7253, Vol. 14, no 1, article id 2Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Physical activity is often described as being important for people of all ages, but what different people mean when they talk about physical activity is unclear. Method: A phenomenographic method was used to analyze how 13 older people and 17 professionals answer the question, “If I say physical activity, what does the concept mean to you?” as part of semi-structured interviews conducted in four assisted living facilities in two different municipalities. Results: We identified a number of different perceptions of physical activity, with the older people and professionals having different responses. Elderly and professionals alike, define physical activity as a requirement for life and as an opportunity to maintain the body although they define the concepts in different ways. Elderly define the concept as a way to create meaning and the professionals have the attitude that the concept means everyday activities. Conclusion: The concept of physical activity may be defined in many different ways. This study has shown that elderly and professionals do not define physical activity in the same way. Therefore, professionals need to be aware of these differences when talking with elderly about individual needs in everyday life.

  • 4.
    Nord, Catharina
    Linköpings universitet, SWE.
    An assemblage of frail older people and a strict architectural model2015In: The Deleuze International Conference, Stockholm, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Nord, Catharina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Available space: architectural agency and spatial decision-making in a caring organization2020In: Architecture for residential care and ageing communities: spaces for dwelling and healthcare / [ed] Gromark, Sten & Andersson, Björn, London: Routledge, 2020Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Nord, Catharina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Family houses–building an intergenerational space in post-apartheid Namibia2022In: Canadian Journal of African Studies, ISSN 0008-3968, E-ISSN 1923-3051, Vol. 56, no 2, p. 427-451Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This qualitative study presents how intergenerational relationships have spatially shaped the former apartheid township Kuisebmond in Walvis Bay, Namibia. The apartheid housing, which was designed for nuclear families, now accommodates multiple generations. People in different age cohorts are distributed differently in space. People in late later life lived in the former township housing units, whilst people in early later life lived in backyard shacks or other rentals. Certain patterns of cohabitation with younger relatives were discernible. It is highly likely that the extended family will be an important facet of Namibian urban life in the foreseeable future, since traditional family patterns have been interpreted in an urbanised form. It is of great importance that housing can accommodate various versions of the extended family, necessary for family existence and intergenerational obligations of resource pooling. © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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  • 7.
    Nord, Catharina
    Linköpings universitet, SWE.
    Free choice in residential care for older people – a philosophical reflection2016In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 37, p. 59-68Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Nord, Catharina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Institutional Traits in an African Residence for Older Adults: An Obstacle to Community Care?2022In: Journal of Aging and Environment, ISSN 2689-2618, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 433-449Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This ethnographic study explores an old age home in a former township in Walvis Bay, Namibia as an institution to investigate its potential to be interwoven in community care services for older adults. Interviews with older adults from the community revealed highly negative opinions about the residence that equated it to an institution. These opinions are compared with conditions in the OAH and the residents’ views. The old age home was much more heterogenous as regards the composition of residents than what was perceived by older adults who lived in the community, who considered the home an option only for people who were childless or had been abandoned. Older adults who voluntarily lived alone in the home represented a new lifestyle that challenged the traditional family care practice that is the norm in later life. There was however some truth to the interviewees’ perceptions of coercive elements, both in terms of practices and architectural design. The paper argues that it is necessary to reduce the stigma that prevents residential care from being an accepted part of community care and a housing option in the future. The study result shows a number of potentialities that can contribute to this. © 2021 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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  • 9.
    Nord, Catharina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Liminal space and the negotiation of care work in extra-care housing2021In: Health and Place, ISSN 1353-8292, E-ISSN 1873-2054, Vol. 69, article id 102575Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This is a qualitative case study of care work in a liminal space, specifically the case of an extra-care housing residence, which is an innovative housing alternative for elderly people in need of care in Sweden. The study is an exploration of social care workers' perceptions about their workplaces and their understandings of themselves, which are shaped by their embeddedness in architectural space. The extra-care housing residence appeared as a liminal space in which two dominant spaces – home care services and residential care – underpinned the staff's perceptions of an unclear workplace and their identity work. © 2021 The Author

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  • 10.
    Nord, Catharina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Post-colonial architecture: deterritorialisation of apartheid township housing and mass-housing2022In: Journal of Architecture, ISSN 1360-2365, E-ISSN 1466-4410, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 71-93Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This qualitative ethnographic study presents how intergenerational relationships have shaped the architecture of housing in the former apartheid township Kuisebmond in Walvis Bay, Namibia. The township housing, which was designed for nuclear families, now accommodates multiple generations. The original, small, single-family dwellings have become family houses by horizontal additions and extensions. The plots are often skilfully developed according to the families’ needs. In some cases, they have become impressive buildings, housing many individuals. Since formal housing provision has not been able to keep pace with urbanisation, informal housing has been constructed in the form of backyard shacks on the plots of the former township dwellings. These often mimic the former township housing units, albeit on a very small scale. Formal housing, reconstructed or not, together with backyard shacks, constitutes a social geography of intergenerational relations of the extended family. This pattern of urban restructuring affords a scaffolding for extended family needs and an architecture of resistance to apartheid social engineering. The paper reveals an important lesson for housing providers, which is intended as a critical commentary on the persistent tendency of present-day government to continue with the formula of mass-housing with spatially limited single-family dwellings as the former township houses. © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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  • 11.
    Nord, Catharina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Resident-centred care and architecture of two different types of caring residences: a comparative study2018In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 13, no 1, article id 1472499Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The relationship between architectural space and resident-centred care is poorly understood, even though architectural space is indicated as an important factor in the quality of care. This paper aims to address this gap in existing research by putting resident-centred care in the theoretical context of relationality and emergence in which space is a co-producing component. This qualitative case study includes two housing alternatives, which are compared: one assisted living and one extra-care housing residence, which differ in their legal status and architecturally. Similar fieldwork was carried out in the two residences. Individual interviews with staff and residents, as well as observations—direct and shadowing—were the main data collection methods. The concept of assemblage was used for the analysis of how resident-centred care and architectural space co-evolved. The findings show that resident-centred care appears in similar but also diverse and sometimes contradictory ways in different spaces in the two housing alternatives, suggesting that resident-centred care is situated, volatile and emergent. Although architecture has strong agency, space and care need to be considered together—a caring architecture—in order to understand the nuances and rich conceptual palette of resident-centred care. © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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  • 12.
    Nord, Catharina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Stratum architecture: an iterated architectural assemblage of care for the very aged2017In: Caring architecture: institutions and relational practices / [ed] Nord, Catharina & Högström, Ebba, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017, p. 67-83Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Nord, Catharina
    Linköpings Universitet, SWE.
    The organization of care work and architectural form: a comparison between extra-care housing and assisted living.2016In: 23 NKG, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Nord, Catharina
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Ananias, Janet
    University of Namibia, NAM.
    Urbanised Ageing and Strategic Welfare Space in a Namibian Former Township2022In: African Studies, ISSN 0002-0184, E-ISSN 1469-2872, Vol. 81, no 1, p. 45-69Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The number of African older people who live permanently in urban areas is growing. This qualitative ethnographic study explores how older people employ welfare strategies, often involving members of the extended family in mutual care and support. These welfare strategies are emplaced; in this case, in different housing types in a former township in Namibia - Kuisebmond in Walvis Bay. Older people stay in former township houses, in backyard shacks or other rentals, or at an old-age home. Government welfare that was adjusted to family needs appeared in similar shapes in these housing types, such as access to better schools. Older people were both caregivers and receivers of care in these efforts. Taking care of grandchildren while their parents migrated for work was a mutuality of informal support that was highly beneficial to all involved. The non-contributory pensions facilitated many strategies by alleviating risks. Access to high quality housing and government healthcare made urban living a feasible alternative that challenged rural living. The study concludes that housing is a strategic welfare space where formal and informal welfare are optimised in various ways. Older individuals contribute to a large extent to the adjustment, maintenance, and development of these joint spaces.

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  • 15.
    Nord, Catharina
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Byerley, Andrew
    Stockholms Universitet, SWE.
    Conflict of rationalities in planning for ageing in two african cities.2017In: African Urban Planning, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Nord, Catharina
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Byerley, Andrew
    Stockholms Universitet, SWE.
    Housing alternatives for elderly urban residents: case studies from Uganda and Namibia2017In: ESAS7, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
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  • 17.
    Nord, Catharina
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Byerley, Andrew
    Stockholms universitet, SWE.
    Translocal Optimisation: Assembling Rural and Urban Spaces for Later Life in Urban Namibia and Uganda2020In: Journal of Southern African Studies, ISSN 0305-7070, E-ISSN 1465-3893, Vol. 46, no 1, p. 109-127Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is often assumed that sub-Saharan African urban migrants return in later life to the villages from which they originated. This article challenges this model of circular migration by exploring the strategies of older adults who live permanently in urban areas. The empirical material comes from ethnographic case studies in two industrial towns formed by the apartheid and colonial housing policies of the 1950s and 1960s: Kuisebmond in Walvis Bay, Namibia, a former apartheid ‘location’; and Walukuba in Jinja, Uganda, a former ‘African’ rental estate. Older adults’ housing situation and its significance for their strategies and choices in later life provide the focus. The results show that even if many strategies appeared that are often associated with a return to the rural place of origin, for many the move back to the village was not a viable option. Participants in the study nurtured contacts with their places of origin, for example by making regular visits, sending remittances, contributing to housing in the village and receiving relatives in town. It is argued that these strategies, together with urban advantages–in particular a good housing situation–must be understood as translocal optimisation, in which potentialities emerge from an assemblage of various actors in different, connected locales. The optimal situation in which to age–in rural or urban areas–is a product of co-emergent actors and not necessarily an individual choice on the part of the older adult. The study concludes that urban living in later life seems to be an alternative choice for a group of older adults and must be acknowledged. © 2020, © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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  • 18.
    Nord, Catharina
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, SWE.
    Elf, Marie
    Högskolan Dalarna.
    Nordin, Susanna
    Chalmers .
    Assisted living facilities in urban contexts. Arguments for and against peripheral and central locations2015Conference paper (Other academic)
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  • 19.
    Nord, Catharina
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Högström, EbbaBlekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Caring Architecture: Institutions and Relational Practices2017Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Architecture is hard stuff. It is formed by walls, roofs, floors, all components of hard materials, stone, glass and wood. It distributes people in space and directs their doings and movements. Institutions are even harder stuff. Order is pushed a step further by the coerciveness of discursive architectural models and caring practices, restricting options to certain ways of thinking and acting. This book sets out to illuminate how people and spaces negotiate, and often challenge, regularities and patterns embedded in the meeting between architecture and institutions. It contains a number of essays by authors from disciplines such as human geography, architecture, planning, design, social work and education. The essays discuss different examples from institutions in which care is carried out; assisted living facilities, residential care for children, psychiatric care facilities and hospitals. By adopting a non-representational perspective, emergent practices render visible capacities of being flexible and mouldable, in which institutional architecture is defied, contested and transformed. New situations appear which transgress physical space in partnership with those who populate it, whether humans or non-humans. This book reveals the relational and transformative conditions of care architecture and the way in which institutions transform (or not) into Caring Architecture.

  • 20.
    Severinsson, Susanne
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Socialt arbete.
    Nord, Catharina
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Reimers, Eva
    Linköpings universitet, Lärande, Estetik, Naturvetenskap (LEN).
    Ambiguous spaces for troubled youth: Home, therapeutic institution or school?2014In: Pedagogy, Culture & Society, ISSN 1468-1366, E-ISSN 1747-5104Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Sweden, as in many other countries, students that schools are unable to handle are removed from their local environments and sometimes from their parental homes and moved to rural residential care homes. Although ‘home’ and ‘school’ are clearly considered places where problems exist, it is not these places that are scrutinised and subjected to change, but the students. How do the change of place and the performance of the alternative ‘home’ and alternative ‘school’ contribute to the students’ adjustment? In this article we explore the significance of place in these measures and ask questions about how possibilities for agency and subjectivities are produced.  The article is based on an ethnographic study of two residential care homes for troubled youth, aged 12 to 15. The results show how complex assemblages produce opportunities and limitations for care and education and how location and buildings partake in the constitution of possible subjectivities and agency. The analysis inspired by Actor-Network Theory (ANT) can capture mobility and flow, an important aspect when studying complexity. This kind of analysis enables a study of the complex arrangements for disadvantaged youth that takes into consideration not just social interactions but also materiality.

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