The authors are at present engaged in a Swedish-Chinese interdisciplinary and crossectional project on housing and health in Beijing. This article is concerned with a literature review on the topic and general observations during two recent visits to China.
After some basic assumptions concerning high-rise dwellings, private space and life style, this paper contains explicit comparisons of the design, use and experience of traditional courtyard houses, flats in midrise and high-rise buildings as well as a comparisons of two vulnerable groups , i.e., children and elderly residents.
The article ends with a discussion, and the authors conclude that city planning without involvement of specialists from the field of psychological factors and environmental health (i.e., a matter not only of quantity but also of quality) will provide an inadequate environment for the development of children and care of the elderly
Ekblad, Solvig and Werne, Finn
"Housing and Health in Beijing: Implications of High-rise Housing on Children and the Aged,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 17
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol17/iss1/4