Christa Monkhouse is a leader in the Eden Alternative movement in Europe and a good friend.
Here is her reaction to the post “Eden and CMS”
In Europe many nursing home buildings are old and need to be replaced. While Nancy is making a valid point, it is not the environment alone, which makes home, belonging, peace of mind and growth. This is in line with what Al Power has said about attitude, a few posts ago. However, if institutions need to be replaced, newly built, extended or renovated, why not use all the creativity, knowledge and experience of the same people, who use these talents to adjust to the built dismal environments (frozen tundra), to create new, diverse and integrating homes for our Elders. And let’s be bold, let’s forget about buildings or attitudes, the starting points are relationships and services. With this understanding, Architects will unleash their creativity and produce diverse ideas, not cookie-cutter models. After all, it is the blend of people, program (attitude, philosophie) and building what makes the place (experience), not only for the old, for all of us.