List

I was honoured to be asked to give a presentation about the work I am doing as part of BESiDE at a Café Science Dundee discussion. Within the very comfortable venue of Avery and Co.I focused my short presentation on how we at BESiDE (Built Environment for Social Inclusion in the Digital Economy) are taking steps to understand how care homes can be better designed to support older adults.

Care Home ImageWe are living in an ageing world. This creates lots of design challenges for architects and designers if they are to design a supportive environment. This is really important within the context of Care Home Environments.

“How can the design of care homes better support older adults in maintaining their wellbeing, independence, mobility and quality of life?”

“What would you want and need if you lived in a care home?”

“WiFi, natural light and colour, privacy, your own front door?”

Understanding how to create these types of supportive environments for older people remains a key challenge facing contemporary designers.

I talked about how we are giving a voice to the users, measuring physical activity, and tracing and modelling movement within care homes to generate evidence of what is needed in the future of care home design. I explained how we are collecting this evidence. I gave an overview of findings and discussed plans of how this new knowledge will be disseminated into design practice.

My talk was followed by supportive and extensive question and answer session from a very engaged audience.

The University of Dundee published a press release to advertise the ‘Voices from Care Homes’ Event.  This was picked up by several outlets including STV and The Academic Health Science Partnership.

Hazel White (@hazelonewhite) sketched an overview of my talk.

 

Sketch by Hazel White giving an overview of Dr Lesley McIntyre's Cafe Science Talk.

Sketch by Hazel White giving an overview of Dr Lesley McIntyre’s Cafe Science Talk.

Dr Jonathan Urch, (Public Engagement Co-ordinator, University of Dundee) had this to say,

“Thank you for delivering such an excellent talk last week. I enjoyed it so much and it was clear that the audience did too.”

Cafe Science logo

 

 

 

 

Related links:

Cafe Science: conversations about science, over coffee

University of Dundee Press Release

Academic Health Science Partnership, Tayside

STV

(Click on the pink arrow on the right-hand side of this page to see my other blogs)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

  Posts

May 20th, 2016

UNESCO City of Design Festival and ME

(Image Credit: http://www.dundeecityofdesign.com/) If you are in Dundee next Friday come along and hear my talk as part of the UNESCO […]

March 21st, 2016

Goldsmith: A Changemaker

As part of Parliament Week 2015 ( a programme of events and activities that connects people across the UK with […]

September 1st, 2015

Dementia Design School, Stirling.

I am excited to announce that I will be attending the Dementia Design School in Stirling in September for an […]

April 30th, 2015

The Selwyn Goldsmith Monograph

I was awarded a Royal Institute of British Architect’s (RIBA) Research Trust Award to write and research a monograph focused on a […]

April 24th, 2015

Research Panel Member: ‘Engaging the Public with Research’

As part of a Organisational and Professional Development (OPD) working lunch entitled ‘Engaging the Public with Research’ I was invited to be part […]

April 24th, 2015

Design for Wellbeing

Design for wellbeing: Innovative research methods for understanding older people’s everyday mobility. There is wide recognition that the design of […]

April 1st, 2015

Cafe Science: ‘Voices from Care Homes: Gathering evidence for better building design’

I was honoured to be asked to give a presentation about the work I am doing as part of BESiDE […]

March 27th, 2015

Presentation Preparation (and dealing with nerves).

I am currently writing away and designing my slides for my next talk (at Cafe Science) and have been searching […]

March 27th, 2015

My interview with Wave 102 about my Cafe Science Talk

‘Voices from Care Homes: Gathering evidence for better building design’ I was recently interviewed by a lovely reporter on  Wave 102 about […]

January 12th, 2015

Day Project: Drawing by a Sense of Touch

  Architects and designers are visual learners…. I think this is a huge understatement. I have found it to be […]