Cross-Cultural Design for Healthy Ageing (Book)

Promotes an understanding of 'design for healthy ageing' from a multi-faceted perspective of design and health practitioners. Provides tools and methods for approaching the complex issues associated with ageing through cross-cultural interactions and perspectives.  Incl. case-studies run in Asia-Pacific 44 b/w illus., 3 tables, 9 col. illus.

Category: Cultural Studies

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This book is based on many years of research and practical pedagogical experiences around cross-cultural and multidisciplinary design for healthy ageing.  It provides important insight into origins, design, implementation, and impact of cross-cultural design student study tours, and takes an original approach by foregrounding pedagogical practice for exploring healthy ageing solutions.

The populations of Australia and many other countries in the Asia Pacific region are ageing. The next few decade will see up to half of the population in many countries represented by the over 65s. The impact of this change in population balance will be profound and it represents a potential global shift in design for society. This will challenge designers, planners and health care professionals to develop solutions to better meet the needs and harness the capacity of our growing and diversifying populations of older citizens, in relation to housing, community interaction and co-operation, health and well-being, and the integration new technologies. Different disciplinary and cultural perspectives can be a means to create new ideas and approaches that provide a deeper understanding of the needs of the global ageing population.

This book examines some of the challenges associated with ageing in multi-cultural societies. We explore some of the major issues facing society in the area of ‘healthy ageing’ and propose a method of working with cross-disciplinary groups of health practitioners, designers, architects and cultural practitioners. Through case-studies of a series of workshops run in China and Singapore with Australian, Chinese and Singaporean students, we review the benefits of this approach and provide a framework for engaging designers, planners and health professionals in the process of creating new design solutions for the growing global ageing population.

This book is especially useful for academics and educators in the design and health areas. Design professionals in urban, architectural, interior, industrial, graphic, multimedia, fashion, interaction, service and user-experience design will find many useful ideas. Health professionals across the range of disciplines, including medical practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, other allied health professionals and carers practising in different settings such as aged-care facilities, government offices and others will also find it useful.

It also provides insights and ideas for innovators, businesses and everybody interested in exploring design and innovation for an ageing population, which has been identified as a growing market. It may also be useful to anyone who wants to understand how to provide care for ageing members of the family and friends, or for anyone who wants to better understand issues around their own ageing.

Although there are many articles and books on social design, there has been very little work on the methods to combine the discipline areas of Health and Design in the creation of concepts and artefacts around design for healthy ageing. There is also very little on the understanding of ‘Cross-cultural Empathy’ in design. This book takes an original approach to ‘Design for Healthy Ageing’ by combining not only a varied discipline group of practitioners from design and health but also presenting cross-cultural methods to deal with issues associated with the social cause.

The primary readership will include professionals and academics in the areas of cross-cultural design, health, ageing and related policies, government institutions and gerontologists.  It will also be of interest to tutors and lecturers across design practice internationally, and the case studies are useful for those with a specific geographical interest (Australia, Singapore, China), including clinicians, carers and other health professionals in those areas.

 

Lisa Scharoun is professor and head of the School of Design at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She is a teacher, researcher, and designer with expertise in visual communications and cross-cultural design. Danny Hills is a registered nurse and associate professor at Federation University Australia. Carlos Montana-Hoyos is founding associate professor at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation. Vivien Sung is a design strategist, academic, and researcher facilitating change in the areas of health, inclusion, and ecological sustainment. Fanke Peng is an assistant professor of Visual Communications at the University of Canberra in Australia.

List of figures
List of tables
Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations


Chapter 1: Overview
Introduction
Design for healthy ageing
Design
Health
Ageing
Healthy ageing
Studies around healthy ageing and design
Introduction to the complex issues of ageing in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan
Singapore
Australia
China
Conclusion

Chapter 2: Approaching social design challenges through multi-disciplinary collaboration
Introduction
Definition of social design
Understanding human behaviour through design
Design methods: Design thinking and co-design
Multi-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary definitions and practices
Inquiry Based Learning
Problem-oriented Project Learning
The benefits of collaboration between nursing and design
Strategies for working in multi-disciplinary teams
Cross-cultural Design
The importance of Cross-Cultural Design
Cultural intelligence
Our Method
Conclusion

Chapter 3: Clinician perspectives on pre-registration nursing student participation in inter-disciplinary, cross-cultural study tours and design workshops
Introduction
Why design and nursing?
Nurses and design thinking
Cross-cultural collaboration
Impacts and outcomes
Conclusion

Chapter 4: Case study: cross-cultural design workshops for healthy ageing in China 2016–2017
Introduction
Ageing in China
Methods
Discover Stage
Define Stage
Develop stage
Delivery Stage
Case study 1: Design for Healthy Ageing 2016 in Guangzhou and Shantou
Case study 2: Co-Design for Healthy Ageing 2017 in Guangzhou
Discussion and Reflection
Conclusion

Chapter 5: Design for healthy ageing in multi-cultural societies: approaching issues associated with ageing in Singapore and Australia through cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary workshops
Introduction
Ageing in Singapore: An overview
Ageing in Australia: Western Heritage with an Asian Future
Using design thinking methods to solve ‘wicked problems’
Day one: Empathy
Day two and three: Site visits (research)
Day four and five: Ideation
Day six and seven: Prototyping
Day nine and ten: Community display
Outcomes
Case study two: Inspired by Singapore – co-design for healthy ageing 2018
Day one: Grouping and Briefing
Day two: Design Thinking Workshop
Day three and four: Site visits to care homes and community hospital
Day four and five: Ideation
Day six and seven: Prototyping and testing
Day nine and ten: Exhibition set up and display
Outcomes of 2018 workshop
Overview of project outcome
Conclusion and further opportunities

Chapter 6: Student perspectives on participation in multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural study tours and design workshops
Introduction
Student perspectives and experiences
Overview of results from the student surveys
Conclusion

Chapter 7: Conclusions, overview and recommendations

 

Bibliography
Main Authors and Editorial Team
Contributors (in alphabetical order)
Index

The populations of Australia and many other countries in the Asia Pacific region are ageing significantly. This profound change in population balance represents a potential global shift in design for society. This will challenge designers, planners and health care professionals to develop solutions to meet the needs of our growing and diversifying populations of older citizens, in relation to housing, community interaction and co-operation, health and well-being and the integration of new technologies.

This book discusses 'design for healthy ageing' from a multi-faceted perspective of design and health practitioners. It is an important resource for design and health academics, as well as professionals in urban, architectural, interior, industrial, multimedia, fashion and user-experience design. It provides insights and ideas for healthcare professionals across a range of disciplines, including medical practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists and those working in aged-care facilities and government offices.

Through case studies of a series of workshops run in China and Singapore with Australian, Chinese and Singaporean students, Cross-Cultural Design for Healthy Ageing reviews the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach and provides a framework for engaging designers, planners and health professionals in the process of creating new design solutions for our growing global ageing population.

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