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From Participatory Design to Discursive Designs: Involving People Living with Dementia in the Design Process to Generate Artworks That Initiate Debate

From the book Arts & Dementia

  • Niels Hendriks and Andrea Wilkinson


This chapter discusses on the AtHome project, a design project that was part of a 6-year PhD study focusing on finding methods, tools and techniques to involve people living with dementia in the design process. However, the focus here does not lie on the methods of this collaboration, rather on the outcomes themselves. We presuppose that a participatory process, seeing the designer working with a person living with dementia, will lead to discursive designs. These artworks are necessary for promoting both debate and reflection on the way people living with dementia are perceived. We will discuss three design outcomes from a participatory design project focusing on improving how well people living on a residential dementia ward ‘feel at home’. The chapter ends with suggestions on how to improve the discursive character of your design.

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