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Aging in Place – exploring concepts / assembling strategies

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Call For Participation (CfP)

Berlin Summer University of the Arts – Aging in Place: Exploring Concepts / Assembling Strategies (Registration Deadline Extended)

We invite you for a five-day interdisciplinary and practice based design research and development workshop with international partners.

July 29th – August 2nd, 2013
(Deadline for regular registration extended until July, 22th)

Urban life is expected to change radically when a massive generation of old people will dominate society in the near future. »Aging in place« is a popular concept in the field of design and technology development targeting this expectation: aiming for interventions to improve the conditions for staying in a living environment for a long as possible.

How can we design for mobility, health care and community life to enable aging in context following an extended understanding of place?

To tackle this question we are looking beyond negative prophecies of »alarmist demography« and positivist technology inspired concepts by exploring theoretical and practical knowledge related with the needs and constraints of aging.

Our research will be inspired by various fields like health care and gerontology, research in information systems and the social sciences, anthropology or transhumanism, cultural traditions, fiction and science fiction – and everything the participants contribute to enrich the scope of the concept of »Aging In Place«.

Guests and Collaborators
During the workshop we are collaborating with international experts from different fields that join us in person and by Skype Calls for presentations and discussions.

Students, researchers and professionals from different fields are invited to join this process, aiming for a multi perspectival view on the topic. We will follow a mixed method approach to design research by assembling insights from textual sources, field excursions, scenario development and on-site interventions.

We are collecting the results and findings systematically in an Index / Sampler / Cross-Media Glossary which will become the core result of the workshop. In advance, registered participants are invited to join a preliminary process of material collection in preparation of the workshop.

Participation and Registration
Registration deadline is extended until July, 10th

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Workshop Lead and Organisation
Stefan Göllner – Design Research Lab Berlin
Jan Lindenberg – IIDj, Tokyo

Design Research Lab
The Design Research Lab at Berlin University of the Arts is working on interdisciplinary design research projects in four different areas: embodied interaction design, wearable computing, gender & diversity in ICT and community infrastructuring. From the start, the main goal was to mediate the gap between technological innovations and real needs of people in their everyday living environment. Diverse human needs and requirements are addressed: of the elderly and teenagers, families and singles, people with different abilities and disabilities.

Institute for Information Design Japan in an affiliate of IIID, the international Institute for Information Design in Vienna. IIDj is engaged in the consulting, conceptualizing, planning, and execution of local and international non-profit and for-profit projects in the domains of Design Research, Print and Online Media, Lectures, Workshops, Exhibitions, and System Development. Its publications are respected Information Design resources.


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Author(s): Rikke Friis Dam
URL: http://www.interaction-design.org/calendar/summer_school_aging_in_place_-_exploring_concepts___assembling_strategies.html