This studio project explored how space affects its dwellers as an extension of the body, particularly in the context of those living with dementia in a residential facility. Working with the Geriatric Psychiatry unit of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute at UHN, our full-time cohort conducted on-site observations, interviews and a series of mini-scoping reviews to explore both primary and secondary research. The result helped us frame a number of research questions that informed design concepts and diagrams.
Being more familiar with the autism community, I was interested to explore design for autism in hopes of drawing parallels. In my rapid literature reviews, I found Magda Mostafa's work which applied a sensory design theory to architecture, putting sensory perception before function, which is atypical for architecture. I then partnered with civil engineer, Laura Halleran, in writing a meta-ethnography and designing concepts for family-oriented relational care.
Bruce Hinds, Maya Desai