Design for Dementia: The International Challenges and Architectural Responses - an integrated research, design and build project by Liverpool John Moores University ART LABS and partners
Aim of Design for Dementia
As most people experiencing dementia wish to remain at home, the design and construction of new dwellings or home conversions are paramount. To address issues arising from the pressures associated with dementia, design solutions need to be integrated within our architecture, environment and the landscape.
Alongside Halsall Lloyd Practice of architects, landscape architects, urban designers and graphic designers, academics from ART LABS aim to research whether architecture and the design of the environment can assist people to “live better with dementia”.
Overall, the team plan to establish new architectural standards for design for dementia. The team also aim to produce an Architectural, Environmental and Urban Design Manual about Dementia Friendly Neighbourhoods and Dwellings. The manual will be for users and professionals and will be based upon international best practice.
The Design for Dementia project
To address these real-world issues, in 2015 Dr Rob MacDonald and Bill Halsall published two volumes of Design for Dementia. The work received positive feedback from both users and GPs.
The next phase of the project, which is set to last three years and began in 2016, is to examine international examples of design for dementia, from Switzerland to Japan. Case study visits will include architectural, special, landscape, contextual, sociological and photographic studies. Desktop and virtual studies will also be undertaken.
Design for Dementia has real-world impact for multiple groups. For individuals, quality of life will improve. For the Government, savings can be made within health and social services. In addition to this, the issues being addressed by the academics are international issues. Consequently, the research has already attracted interest from other parts of the world.
Academics from ART LABS will work with a variety of stakeholders, including:
Funding has been provided by the following: