Berlin Summer University of the Arts – Aging in Place: Exploring Concepts / Assembling Strategies

Our Design Research Lab will be running a five day workshop at the Berlin Summer University of the Arts. The Workshop is lead by Stefan Göllner (DRL) & Jan Lindenberg (IIDj).

Design Research Lab, July 29th – August 2nd 2013.


Cities and regions are expected to change radically when a massive generation of old people will dominate society in the near future. »Aging in place« is a popular concept in the field of design and technology development targeting this expectation: aiming for interventions to improve the conditions for staying in a living environment for a long as possible.

How can we design for mobility, health care and community life to enable aging in context following an augmented understanding of place?

To tackle this question we want to go beyond negative prophecies of »alarmist demography« and positivist technology inspired concepts by exploring theoretical and practical knowledge related with the needs and constraints of aging.

Our research will be inspired by health care & gerontology, ICT Research and social sciences, anthropology and transhumanism, cultural traditions, fiction and science fiction – and everything the participants contribute to enrich an augmented scope on the concept of »Aging In Place«.

Students, researchers and professionals from different fields are invited to join this process, aiming for a multi perspectival view on the topic. We will therefore follow a mixed method approach to design research by assembling insights from textual sources, field excursions, scenario development and on-site interventions.

Results and findings will be collected systematically in an Index / Sampler / Cross-Media Glossary which will be the core result of the workshop. Registered participants will be invited to join a preliminary process of material collection in preparation of the workshop.

Workshop lead Stefan Göllner ( and Jan Lindenberg ( at Design Research Lab of Universität der Künste Berlin, lead by Prof Dr Gesche Joost.

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