Design of urban spaces for people with cognitive impairments was the topic of this interdisciplinary collaboration of different creative disciplines, working in different scales. Through a transprofessional exchange with experts, a self-test and hearings of those affected, a multilayered knowledge-transfer was possible to understand the extent of age-related diseases like dementia. It is important to promote awareness about dementia and help people understand age and dementia not only as a societal- but also as an architectural challenge. To therefore create design principles it is expedient to identify and deploy especially potentials of sufferers instead of deficits. After the informative research phase, in a concept phase we worked out a concept sketch regarding social participation and infrastructure for dementia patients.
research w/ Jessica Hauser, student Interior Design concept w/ Caroline Glatt, student Urban Planning and Vera Münch, student Interior Architecture cooperation w/ Wüstenrot Stiftung and HfT Stuttgart
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PHASE 1 - RESEARCH
Public Spaces with our Research Companion
Especially within taboo topics like dementia, it is really important to include hearings of those affected in the research before approaching a design.
That's why we had a research companion: a 88-year-old lady, with beginning signs of dementia.
With her we did neighbourhood strolls and interviews regarding her living environment: crossings, public spaces, urban street furniture, orientation...
The insights, maps and protocols from these meetings were the basis for a district analysis, as well as a potential- and deficit analysis.
PHASE 2 - CONCEPT SKETCH
Social Participation & Infrastructure for People With Dementia
analysis & definition of goals
Teach & Learn is an approach to maintain social participation of elderly people, esp. dementia-affected, while maybe even giving something back to the community in an intergenerational interaction: e.g. reading a story to a child, teaching how to knit, etc.
Passive participation is encouraged as well, for introverted people who just like to observe the happenings.