Experience Trading Workshop
There is no expiration for considerations. How can we break the parameters of designing under assumptions and preconceptions? In the current social climate, many preventable short-comings are caused by ageist attitudes and the mindset of, “This does or doesn’t apply to you because you’re old”. This has caused detriment to the senior population on an emotional and physical level — stripping them of their dignity, sexual and technological literacy, physical health, and the ability to engage in life on a very human level. How might we break down and restructure the ageist mindset and attitude on a municipal level?
In this project, our class conducted semi-structured group interviews with the seniors at Baycrest Centre - a research facility and elderly home located in the North York district in Toronto. My research group mapped out insights from the interviews and organized them according to the Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
With the insights extrapolated from the interviews, we proposed three possible directions we could take, which included built environment, age acceptance, and ageist projections.
We then split up each group and individually picked one theme to tackle. I chose to work with the theme of “ageist projections”. In my own life, and the lives of my friends, I often see a disconnect between my generation and my grandparents’ generation. Oftentimes this problem is due to a cultural gap or language barrier.
Through this project, I wanted to explore potential solutions that could strengthen intergenerational relationships and challenge preconceptions of relatability barriers between our youth and seniors.