Designing for autism – Guildry Geddes Awards Exhibition 2015

Designing for Autism Exhibition Flyer

The exhibition showcases innovative design work of architectural students at the University of Dundee.  Over the course of last year, the Architectural Design Unit carried out in-depth research into designing for adults on the Autistic Spectrum. At present there is is shortage of suitable accommodation and facilities for adults with autism in the UK and few published design guidelines.

The students identified suitable sites within Dundee that are all currently vacant or earmarked for development. Each student went on to design a housing scheme which also incorporated a social enterprise element which could provide employment opportunities and embed the scheme within the community.

The exhibition takes place in Dundee Central Library, The Wellgate from the 21st September – 3rd October 2015.

A presentation and discussion of the project will take place on the opening night Monday 21st September 6-8pm.

Home not Housing – Newly Funded Workshop Series

SDHI is delighted to be a partner of a new workshop series funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute on the personal and environmental aspects of well-being. The initiative, entitled ‘Home not Housing: Engaging with Wellbeing Outcomes’ is led by Professor Deborah Peel, who holds a Chair in Architecture and Planning at the University of Dundee. Details about this exciting interdisciplinary knowledge exchange initiative can be found on the Scottish Universities Insight Institute website. Apart from the University of Dundee and SDHI the programme involves partners at the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh as well as at Dalhousie University in Canada. NHS Lothian, the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) and Shelter Scotland are also members of the immediate team. The proposed work connects with SDHI initiatives in the past years, such as CARE SPACE and symposia on wellbeing. 

Towards interdisciplinary innovation in the design of urban care spaces

An interdisciplinary group of academics and practitioners came together on invitation of SDHI and the Geddes Institute of Urban Research at the University of Dundee to discuss the future of care space design in urban environments. The group consisted of architects, town planners, geographers, psychologist, artists, occupational therapists, computing specialists and nurses. As demographics are changing towards an increasingly aging population who predominantly live in single households there has also been a reduction in care home places and a move towards providing personal and health care in people’s home environments. At the symposium implications of these developments on the design of homes, services and age-friendly cities was examined. The role of urban greenspaces and technology was highlighted as much as the need to engage communities in planning efforts. Communication is essential and planers need to be cognisant of people traditionally left out of planning efforts (e.g. People with communication disabilities or learning disabilities). Also it is important to consider how different individuals and population groups experince and perceive their environment. The importance of links between home, hospital and community environments was highlighted and the need to assist ‘vulnerable’ citizens with the navigation of complex communities and services. We will provide further summaries and updates of this event soon.

CARE SPACE: Future Designs for Wellbeing

SDHI and the Geddes Institute for Urban Research are pleased to announce ‘CARE SPACE: Future Designs for Wellbeing’ – a symposium and workshop on the 27th June at the University of Dundee. The purpose of the event is to explore care and caring urban environments from multiple, disciplinary perspectives and to translate innovative, inter-and transdisciplinary thinking into new research ideas. Please save the day and get in touch with us! If you are interested in participating, please register with Rosanne Bell r.c.bell @dundee.ac.uk

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