Design & Dementia in German Schools: Essen

Posted by Niels on Thursday November 12th 2015 at 10:56

Bosch dementia folkwang LUCA Social Spaces Niels Hendriks and Andrea WilkinsonAs 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.

Presentation at RCA’s Method Lab

Posted by Niels on Wednesday November 2nd 2011 at 12:03

As Liesbeth already wrote yesterday I gave a presentation at the RCA Method Lab on the ATOM project and more specifically on the participatory design phase we are working on. You can found the presentation at the bottom of the post.

The presentation was followed by some questions of the audience mainly focussing on the reasons why we choose to work with dementia in this project and how the individual needs of persons with dementia can be reflected in this approach. The latter remark is quite relevant: throughout the observations we also noticed that each person goes through in individual traject in their disease and that it is hard to predict how dementia will evolve and whether a certain solution will work for this person. The ATOM project however is exploratory in nature as it tries to experiment with technology (internet of things) that has not been used for these extreme uses. To present several prototypes that show the potential of this technology might proof the potential of the technology.


Design4Health conference and exhibition

Posted by Selina on Thursday August 11th 2011 at 15:03








On July 15th, we (Katrien Dreessen and Selina Schepers) were present at the Design4Health conference in Sheffield, UK. The conference was hosted by Lab4Living, a collaboration between the Art and Design and Health and Social Care Research Centres at Sheffield Hallam University and the users, consumers or customers. According to the organizers, the conference “was a focus for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss, disseminate and test their approach and methods. It challenged the value of interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement with users and stakeholders” (see:

CFP: Whose Participation? Spaces of Interaction

Posted by Marjan on Monday May 23rd 2011 at 09:24

Call for papers:

Whose Participation? Spaces of Interaction in Contemporary Art and Architecture
December 16/17, 2011
Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland
Organized by the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture
(gta), ETH Zurich

Call: Impact! Design for Social Change summer intensive

Posted by Selina on Tuesday February 22nd 2011 at 11:55

Impact! Design for Social Change is a six-week summer intensive at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (U.S.A.).

To remain competitive, corporations are looking for innovation and impacts in the area of social change as it relates to their business. The non-profit world is seeking new ways to support their constituencies through design strategy. Impact! Design for Social Change introduces participants to the growing field of design for social advocacy.

Impact: Design for Social Change is an advanced program that runs on two parallel tracks: ‘Track One’ will focus on social entrepreneurship and educate students on how to conceive, execute and fund their own projects for social change – projects that are not client-based. Along ‘Track Two’, students will participate in the development and execution of a team project that addresses a pressing need for a New York City-based non-profit organization.

Professionals, educators and advanced students in the disciplines of advertising, graphic design, product design, information design, interactive design, fashion design, photography and illustration are invited to participate. The program is oriented towards these design disciplines but that doesn’t mean that e.g. architects and social entrepreneurs can’t apply!

The summer intensive will take place from July 11 – August 19, 2011 and the application deadline is May 1, 2011.

Tuition to the six week full-time program is $6,000.

For more information (and for the application form), see:

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