0.0 First meeting with the community-Studio Kickoff
JAN11/ Introducing us to the community The course will be working with an aging community in Downtown Raleigh, NC (Blount St). ‘The potential market for services that will enable us to live independently as we age is vast-but it’s unclear who will pay for them. Elders control nearly two thirds of disposable consumer income in developed countries, and people over sixty five already control more than 77 percent of all assets in the United States, but no old person I have ever met wants to spend a penny on being “looked after” … The majority of products and services for elders treat the symptoms of social isolation but not the causes. They are perceived as passive recipients of “aging in place” infrastructures (Thackara 2005: 122)’. It is important that we are able to do proactive designs to ‘anticipate people’s needs’ as Thackara mentions and to consider them active participants in the design process. We are not just wanting to “design for the aging” but also to make what Thackara calls: Transgenerational design.
2005 In the Bubble:Designing in A Complex World. Vol. 1.MIT Press.
We met the community to introduce ourselves. Volunteer collaboration is required, so a first formal contact is made to engage with the participants. An open conversation is held with the people, who were very interested in participating. Our studio is highly interdisciplinary: 2 architecture students (BA), 1 landscape architect student (MA), 6 graphic designers (senior), 1 industrial designer (MA and senior)& 1 Art & design student (senior).
Sean Vance, from the Center for Universal Design (http://www.design.ncsu.edu/cud/) collaborated with us in making the first contact.