Design & Dementia in German Schools: Essen
As of October 2015 Andrea Wilkinson & Niels Hendriks are working on a project called “Participatory Design for Older People with handicaps and for People with Dementia”. This project is funded by the German Robert Bosch Stiftung.
As part of this project several collaborations with German design schools will be set up and a series of workshops and lectures at these partner schools will be held. The first one took place at the Folkwang University in Essen.
Some 20 students and 4 lecturers participated in our workshop. Students came from a variety of disciplines (music, industrial design, photography, communication design), bachelor students as well as master students. The module (named Folkwang Lab) is supported by the management of the university who was highly interested in its potential to explore social design topics.