dominique + serena is a multidisciplinary architectural studio founded by Dominique Hauderowicz and Kristian Ly Serena. We are especially interested in the social potentials of architecture and the build environment. 


Age-Inclusive Public Space

New public spaces tend to overrepresent attention to the young and middle-aged, whereas elderly citizens are often neglected by contemporary urban design practice. 

“Age-Inclusive Public Space” provides  inspiration as well as theoretical and practical knowledge on how to design public space to meet the needs of people of all ages. Conceived as a dialogue between practicing architects and contributors from a variety of disciplines, this book combines academic research, architectural case studies, and introduces an age-inclusive design methodology. The drawings, photographs and illustrations of contemporary built environments, historic gardens, art installations and atmospheric landscapes presented here provide a holistic appreciation of the many factes of age-inclusive spatial practice.

Editors: Kristian Ly Serena + Dominique Hauderowicz

Graphic design: Studio Atlant & Alexis Mark

Published by: Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin 2020.

2020. 240 pp., 224 ills. softcover
17.80 x 25.40 cm
ISBN 978-3-7757-4590-1

32 € / 34 £ / 40 $
In bookstores worldwide

Texts by: Dominique Hauderowicz, Kristian Ly Serena,  Peter Buchanan, Martin Gak, Herman Hertzberger, Caroline Holland, Susanne Iwarsson, Masashi Kajita, Eric Klinenberg, Debora Lombardi, Rianne van Melik, Karen Pallesgaard Munk, Sheila Peace, Roos Pijpers, Jon Dag Rasmussen, Kjeld Slot, Agneta Ståhl, Christine E. Swane, Leng Leng Thang, Jens Troelsen and Joachim Wiewiura.

Generously supported by the EGV Foundation (main sponsor), Realdania and the Danish Arts Foundation.

The book consists of five parts. Part One presents the ‘elderly’ and concepts concerning Ageing & Public Space. Part Two introduces Elasticity as a way of understanding space in relation to personal change. Parts Three and Four examine spaces of Agency and Belonging. And finally, Part Five focuses on Designing for Agency & Belonging.

The book is designed and typeset to allow for a dynamic exchange of perspectives and thoughts between the editors and the different academic and practicing contributors who are introduced along with references to literature, art and architecture.

The book is composed of different types of content:

Condensed academic articles: State-of the art researchers communicate their research in dense and thought provoking pieces.

Editors comments and writings: Along the way the editors introduce, comment and write small contributions that navigate the reader through the different themes.

Cases: The book showcases a variety of built environments in a variety of scales that serve as concrete examples and inspiration for practitioners.


Dominique Hauderowicz + Kristian Ly Serena

As young architects concerned with the political and social implications of space, we are particularly interested in public space and the role it can play in the creation of cohesive communities.  
In a contemporary society with dominant age-graded institutions, public space is the single most important site for the convergence of people of all ages. Yet it seems this inclusive potential is far from realized.
Looking for inspiration outside our discipline, we have become increasingly interested in academic research on ageing and the environment. However, many of the daily observations we make about street-level developments do not correspond—or are even contradictory—to the theoretical concerns and factual knowledge brought forward by research.
Many scholars we have come to know have tried to reach toward spatial practice from within their own disciplines and been generally successful in influencing legal mechanisms and policy decisions. But there is still a long way to go in influencing how spatial practitioners consider the ageing individual, and so our aspiration with this book is to help improve understanding between academic research and spatial practice as well as to provide an inspirational perspective on space and ageing.

Additional acknowledgments

Dominique Hauderowicz and
Kristian Ly Serena

Project management:
Claire Cichy, Hatje Cantz

Alan MacKenzie and Aaron Bogart

Translations: Jenifer Lloyd

Graphic design and typesetting:
Studio Atlant and Alexis Mark

Heidrun Zimmerman, Hatje Cantz

Reproductions, printing, and binding:
DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH, Altenburg

Published by:
Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH
Mommsenstraße 27
10629 Berlin
A Ganske Publishing Group Company
ISBN 978-3-7757-4590-1
Printed in Germany

Peter Buchanan Peter Buchanan is an architect, writer, curator, and critic. He was educated in South Africa and has worked as an architect and urban planner in various parts of Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He writes and edits for the Architect’s Journal and The Architectural Review, where he recently authored The Big Rethink series.
Martin Gak Martin Gak, PhD, is an Argentinian philosopher based in Berlin who is interested in rules and the way in which action is guided. This includes political rules, moral rules, religious rules, and the solid limits of the objects that we inhabit and use. He is also a producer for the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
Herman Hertzberger Herman Hertzberger is a Dutch architect especially known for his sensitivity towards transitional spaces and their impact on social life in the city. A recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal and founder of StudioHH, he is professor emeritus at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.
Caroline Holland Caroline Holland, PhD, is a British social gerontologist with a background in geography. Her main research interests are housing, environments, and the course of life. She is an honorary associate of the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, the Open University, United Kingdom.
Susanne Iwarsson Susanne Iwarsson, PhD, has contributed to the studies of person-environment relationships and helped define key concepts such as accessibility and universal design. She is professor of gerontology at the Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, and coordinator of the Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE), Lund University, Sweden.
Masashi Kajita Masashi Kajita, PhD, is a Japanese architect and researcher based in Copenhagen. He is interested in the relationship between body and space and its implication for architectural rules and standards. He is assistant professor at the Institute of Architecture and Design, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and Conservation.
Eric Klinenberg Eric Klinenberg, PhD, is an American sociologist and a scholar of studies in culture, media, and the public. He is professor and director of the Institute of Public Knowledge at New York University and the editor of the journal Public Culture.
Debora Lombardi Debora Lombardi, PhD, is an environmental psychologist with a special interest in supportive environments and the relationship between design, psychological functioning, and well-being. She is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a research fellow of the Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, Italy.
Rianne van Melik Rianne van Melik, PhD, is a Dutch urban geographer with a great interest in the development of contemporary cities and urban public spaces. She currently works as assistant professor in urban geography at the Institute of Management Research at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Karen Pallesgaard Munk Karen Pallesgaard Munk, PhD, is a Danish gero-psychologist. Her research focuses on the psychological transitions between life phases and their relation to cultural positions in society. She is associate professor at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Sheila Peace Sheila Peace, PhD, is a British social gerontologist with a background in geography. Her research interests focus on environment and ageing, including older people living in care homes, mainstream, and supportive housing, as well as intergenerational social interaction within the community. She is professor emerita of social gerontology for the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, the Open University, United Kingdom.
Roos Pijpers Roos Pijpers, PhD, is a Dutch social geographer who specializes in research on well-being and social identity of older adults in everyday ageing environments and spaces of care. She is currently associate professor at the Institute of Management Research at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Jon Dag Rasmussen Jon Dag Rasmussen, PhD, is a Danish anthropologist who has conducted extensive ethnographic studies of “unusual elderly” and their use of urban spaces. Rasmussen is a research fellow at the Department of Educational Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Kjeld Slot Kjeld Slot is a Danish landscape architect and principal of his own design studio that focuses on creating landscape art with rich atmospheric character. He is a member of the Danish Association of Visual Artists and Danish Landscape Architects and has participated in several radio and television programs on Danish national TV.
Agneta Ståhl Agneta Ståhl, PhD, has contributed to the studies of person-environment relationships with a focus on practical implications and methodologies, especially concentrated around traffic, transport, and infrastructural spaces. She is professor emerita of public transport planning at the Department of Technology and Society, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, Sweden.
Christine E. Swane Christine E. Swane, PhD, is a Danish cultural sociologist engaged in research and dissemination of knowledge within gerontology. She has served as a board member at the Danish Alzheimer’s Association and is director and Head of Research at the EGV Foundation (Social Inclusion of Older Adults).
Leng Leng Thang Leng Leng Thang, PhD, is a Singaporean sociocultural anthropologist with a special interest in intergenerational relationships and how they can be facilitated programmatically, socially, and spatially. She is associate professor and head of the Department of Japanese Studies at the National University of Singapore, co-editor in chief of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships and vice chair of the International Consortium for Intergenerational Relationships.
Jens Troelsen Jens Troelsen, PhD, is a Danish health scientist concerned with activity-promoting physical environments and their role in urban life. He is professor and head of the Research Unit for Active Living at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark.
Joachim Wiewiura Joachim Wiewiura is a Danish philosopher interested in conceptions of the public sphere and public space in political philosophy and architecture. He is a PhD Fellow at the Center for Information and Bubble Studies at the University of Copenhagen and has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and, as a Fulbright Scholar, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.