Studio Intergenerational Architecture
Studio lead: Satwinder Samra
Dr Isaiah Durosaiye, SSoA
Emma England, RIBA International Regions
Professor Karim Hadjri, SSoA
David Hodgson, Haworth Tompkins
Edmund Harrison-Gray, Morris and Company
William Matthews, William Matthews Associates
Ashley Mayes, Hutchinson & Partners
Dr Xiang Ren, SSoA
Keiran Walker, Waugh Thistleton
Studio Intergenerational Architecture investigated how we can design and evolve appropriate architectural responses for our current and future intergenerational demographic. This included exploring environments for play, learning, living, social interaction, healthcare and civic amenity. Projects were located across the globe including Southwark, Rotherham, Exeter and Shanghai. Themes were developed through a series of personal exploratory tasks, including reflecting on heritage, replicating impairments and investigating individual locations.
Subsequently these were used to reveal how an attention to the intergenerational demographic can materialise at all scales leading to architectural projects that have an enjoyable and rigorous legacy.
Particular passions emerged for celebrating intergenerational and cultural relationships, reimagining elderly care as well as working within the scale and density of a varied metropolitan setting. Adopting a collaborative working method via a Peer Support Group (PSG), the students took an active role in reviewing each project throughout the course of the year. This allowed for an open dialogue about the relationship between what we do and how we ensure individual and collective well-being. The outputs exemplify a thoughtful, thoughtful, appropriate and relevant set of architectural responses which are the culmination of an engaged, productive and supportive cohort.
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