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.

Involving Service Users In Designing their Own Sensing Technologies to Help Manage Health Problems

Dr Katie Siek, Associate Professor for Informatics at Indiana University in Bloomington presented a very inspiring seminar today that was co-hosted between Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) and SDHI and chaired by Dr Wendy Moncur. If you missed the opportunity to attend the seminar or wish to listen again we are pleased to provide you with an audiopodcast of the event. IMG_2088

SDHI/DJCAD Seminar – Wednesday 26 August at 3pm

Katie Siek seminar flyer 260815Katie Siek from Indiana University Bloomington will show how applying theories from psychology, design and business to application design gradually improved acceptance and appropriation in underserved communities. This FREE seminar will take place on Wednesday 26th August at 3pm in 1G06, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee ALL WELCOME

Please see the seminar flyer for further information.  To register your attendance please email Rosanne r.c.bell @dundee.ac.uk

Forthcoming Seminar- If You Build it

KatieSDHI and the Living Digital Group, DJCAD are hosting the following seminar presented by Katie Siek, Associate Professor in Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington entitled ‘If You Build it’. This FREE seminar will take place on Wednesday 26th August at 3pm in room 1G06, Dalhousie Building. ALL WELCOME. Please see the seminar flyer for further information.  To register your attendance please email Rosanne r.c.bell@dundee.ac.uk

SDHI hosted Round Table Discussion on ‘Craft, digital media, memories and dementia’

SDHI hosted a research round table on Monday, 16th February with visitors, Professor Cathy Treadaway,at the Centre for Applied Research in Inclusive Arts and Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University and Dr Gail Kenning, artist, researcher and educator at the Centre for Research in Learning and Change at the University of Technology in Sydney and visiting researcher to the University of Technology in Eindhoven.

Prof Cathy Treadaway, CARIAD Cardiff Metropolitan University; Dr Wendy Moncur, DJCAD University of Dundee and Dr Gail Kenning, UTS Sydney

Prof Cathy Treadaway, CARIAD Cardiff Metropolitan University; Dr Wendy Moncur, DJCAD University of Dundee and Dr Gail Kenning, UTS Sydney

Cathy and Gail spoke about a newly AHRC funded research project that focuses on the use of craft and digital media with people with advanced stages of dementia to enhance wellbeing and social connectivity. Their collaborative work is not only supported by academics but also by Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Positives charities, and involves a number of professionals in health, social care, technology as well as people with dementia at its heart. The discussion revolved around a number of key themes, the distinction between recreational use of art and craft (social model) and therapeutic intent (medical model); the perceived benefits of craft and art engagement in terms of social, cognitive and emotional connectedness, the distinction between the process of art and craft engagement and its product (its object), the role of aesthetics in addition to function, and the critical difference between a focus on effectiveness and meaningfulness. ‘Craft making’ as a communicative process was also viewed in terms of its innovative potential as a research method. In the discussion participated several SDHI affiliated researchers with arts therapy, psychology and public health backgrounds. The round table was further testimony of the growing activities between SDHI and the University of Dundee and the University of Technology, Sydney in the area of health and wellbeing.