2018 National Planning Conference

Poster: Assisted Living in Santiniketan, India

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Posters

Activity ID: NPC187038


  • Promote intergenerational learning and reduce isolation through best practices in planning assisted-living communities
  • Increase access to nature by planning activities that highlight elements of nature in conjunction with cultural heritage
  • Identify opportunities for infrastructure development and vocational training through financially sound and inclusive models for old-age care and leveraging local historical and social contexts


Santiniketan, a town in West Bengal, India, is famed for its affiliation with Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. This paper looks at the possibility of engaging with Santiniketan's natural and cultural heritage and its growing aged population in an integrated approach that allows for development of infrastructure and a skilled labor pool. Through an assisted living and healthcare model, this project seeks to promote intergenerational learning and greater access to nature by proposing a network of sites within the town, the guidelines for which were informed by case studies and on-site fieldwork.

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Session Speakers

Thuy T. Le
Cambridge, MA

Karthikeyan Kuppu Sundara Raman
Boston, MA

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