A recently published study from researchers at the Technical University of Denmark suggests the collective global attention span is narrowing due to the amount of information that is presented to the public. Our attention spans are at the lowest ever recorded.
According to the World Health Organisation, 50 million people live with dementia and this is set to rise to 82 million by 2030, with one new case diagnosed every three seconds.
About 1 in 54 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's ADDM Network. About 1 in 6 (17%) children aged 3–17 years were diagnosed with a developmental disability, as reported by parents, during a study period of 2009-2017.
Globally, it is estimated that at least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment or blindness. Globally, the leading causes of vision impairment are uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts. Most people with vision impairment are over the age of 50 years.
According to the World Health Organisation, one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. Despite this, nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional.
You are tasked with designing a prototype of a community structure which, by using light and colour as its primary aesthetic, encourages people to visit and caters for the individual needs of one or more of the groups detailed above. The proposed location is the area next to Canada Water tube station and Canada Water Theatre, close to the TEDI-London campus. Your choice of structure could be a building, a sculpture, an installation, or an immersive experience.
You are encouraged to try and gain further understanding relating to light and colour and combine this knowledge to create an engineered and/or artistic solution. Depending on your approach, you could develop an understanding of applying geometry, mathematics and physics in architecture. You could also learn about construction skills and the manipulation of given materials as well as how to find inspiration from a diverse range of sources. You could also delve deeper into the psychology behind the effect of colour and shape – all of these resources will be made available to you.
You will learn by accessing and working through content through our online Learning Tree. This content (videos, webinars, blogs, articles) can be accessed at any time, so you can complete the programme at your own pace over the three weeks. There will be some live sessions, featuring TEDI-London academics, students from our Dementia Friendly Communities Summer School and industry partners. In these sessions you will have the opportunity to ask questions and further explore topics of interest, which will support your project development. These sessions will also be recorded, so they too can be accessed at any time.
At the end of the three weeks you will submit your prototype, plan and rationale through a blog, vlog, presentation, website – however you like! The only rule is it must take the judges no longer than 10 minutes to review your submission from beginning to end.
Yes! There are prizes! Winners will receive industry coaching sessions, professional references ( from TEDI-London) and digital badges to boost your CV’s & personal statements.
To be a part of the Thinking Ahead programme you must:
Places are limited
If you have any further questions – please email email@example.com
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