3rd Pre-forum for 2022 Seoul Design International Forum Part1
for 2022 Seoul Design International Forum
Participants: Lee Hyun-sung (Professor of Hongik University), Lee Jong-hyuk (Professor of Kwangwoon University) Seo Seung-gyo (CEO of HiDD Group), Hong Tae-eui (CEO of Public design STU.dio)
Seoul proposed forms such as cognitive health design, stress-free design, and crime prevention design through social problem-solving designs since 2014 and also continuously implemented design projects that realize various public values. We will take a deeper look on the types of issues that are identified by the design in our lives, and how design creates public values through use cases. The 3rd advanced forum will be carried out in the order of the role, strategy and method of design. In the first session, we will look into the role and value of design on universal issues and aging through the design of ‘consideration’. In the second session, we will study the cases of strategy that ‘resolve’ issues in our daily lives through design. Lastly, we will examine the meaning of the ‘governance’ design that is shaped together with citizens.
TALK 1. Value of custom public design that is easy to understand and is convenient
The first case is a project titled, '100 year-old Garden', which is the first dementia prevention park in Korea. Design of public space that prepares for the aging society within the vicinity was proposed to implement the concept of A.I.C (Aging in Community) that refers to people who continue to maintain their lives in their living area after they have aged. This project is very significant in that it proposed a way for the design to be applied in the community while targeting users that require social considerations.
Senior citizens spend the majority of their leisure hours in the local community they live in, and I believe it is very valuable in that a community space of public garden is being provided in a space that the elderly citizens are familiar with in their daily lives.
I can also empathize with the name of ‘100 year-old Garden’ which embodies the meaning of a garden that is not restricted to only the senior citizens, but a garden that everyone can participate in. This is a positive aspect that displays the potential of being shared and used by various members of the region.
It would be nice to have a pretty and comfortable park in our daily space, but we could think about the new role of design from the perspective that through design, a space with social meaning that prevents dementia and allows the community to be gathered together can be created through design. We will explore the design case for a ‘senior citizen center’ to take a deeper look at the topic on aging.
‘Hwamok Senior Citizen Center’, a universal design project of Seoul is a project where citizen experience group directly participated twice in the stage to discover issues along with the application of physical universal design with the help of experts, and it is a valuable project because it realized the design from the perspective of users.
When we look at the specific example of applying the user-centric consideration design, physical characteristics and daily habits of senior citizens were analyzed to apply a design that considers the usability for senior citizens in objects such as drawers that can be used without bending their backs, accommodations that are fit for sedentary lifestyles, or devices that warm cold handles.
I believe better solutions will be identified through the participation of experts and citizen experience group along with the process of observing design beneficiaries and stakeholders. I believe using collective intelligence to create the output of a completed senior citizen center and the process are both very significant.
Also, the brand, ' Hwamok Senior Citizen Center ' has a significance. It is portraying the importance of communication through brand by breaking away from the bias that can be an existing stigma or prejudice about the senior citizen center.