Humanity is getting older. Due to a combination of longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates, the proportion of the population aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group. Paradoxically our cities haven’t conformed, and persist on keeping the “senior” population out of sight, in facilities lamely inspired by the idea of “home”. NY based HWKN, an architecture firm with projects for Mini, Uniqlo, Bauhaus, extensive residential work in Manhattan, developers of the professional social network Architizer, and winners of the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Award 2012 with the installation Wendy, are digging into this paradox. Matthias Hollwich explained how projects like “Geropolis, the city of the elderly” and “BOOM”, originate from an intellectual, human, besides architectural research.
Matthias Hollwich, SBA, cofounder and principal of Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) and cofounder of Architizer. Before starting his own enterprises he worked at OMA in Rotterdam, Eisenman Architects and Diller+Scofidio in New York City. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been the creator of an international conference on aging and architecture: New Aging, held in the fall of 2010 at UPENN. In 2004, Matthias finished editing his first book with Rainer Weisbach at the Bauhaus: UmBauhaus – Updating Modernism. His work has been featured in Wallpaper*, New York Times, Bauwelt, Dwell, and Architectural Digest. He has been a speaker at TEDx East, TEDx Atlanta and the PICNIC conference in Amsterdam. Matthias is driven by the aim to upgrade man-made environments on a human and engaging scale.