Research Driven Design
The power of words was no better illustrated than at the Aging & Society 8th Interdisciplinary Conference held in Tokyo last month. The discussions and papers were really interesting and very much focused on the latest evidence based research. I was speaking at the Conference and my talk was entitled “Design is not for Philosophy; it’s for Life” which is a famous quote by Issey Miyake.
At de Fiddes Design we have identified 8 elements which appear to consistently represent aspects of everyday life for a person living in Australia. My talk was about how we incorporate those elements into the design of an aged care facility. If anyone would like to know more please feel free to give me a call.
We also took the opportunity to spend ten days travelling around Japan; what an amazing country. The people are gorgeous - so polite, respectful and exceedingly helpful and, as you would imagine, very organised. The trains are so punctual that if you are ten seconds late you miss the train!
One thing I noticed was the amount of elderly people in the streets, cafes, trains and also in the workforce. One particular elderly gentleman had the task of standing at the train station entrance to the international airport just saying “Konnichiwa” to passengers!
Japan is heading towards 30% of their population being over the age of 65 and that obviously translates to many more noticeable elderly in all walks of life.
The highlight of our trip would have had to be the Art Islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Unfortunately, we only had time to discover Naoshima Island but we were lucky enough to stay one night at the Benesse Museum Hotel. As a guest of this Hotel we could wander around the museum after dinner in our PJ’s if we liked and peruse all the amazing pieces of art. The island itself is one big art project so those of you who love art I would highly recommend going there for a holiday. I hope you like some of the pictures. Now back to reality…
Please let me know if you would like me to go through in more detail how you can incorporate the 8 life elements into your facility design.
Sayonara, until next month!