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At a Good Death’s Door
Traditions of aging and death long represented kinship and social hierarchies in Hong Kong, but as socio-political constraints developed, new traditions were imposed upon the population. Conditions were created for death to become an unnatural process and normalisation of elderly institutionalisation contributed to diminishment of elderly social role and cultural expectations, negatively perceived as waiting terminals for death. This project explores residential care home environments and their potential to define the process of aging and “good death”, investigating spatial alternatives to reintroduce residential care home environments into the city fabric as places to reconcile with and understand mortality.