How empathy leads to better design What if we could design places that made you mentally and physically well, that make you happy?

Built environment professionals will discuss how we can use empathy as a tool to make a real difference to the spaces in which we live, work and play. This breakfast talk will provide participants with a better understanding of the needs of different stages of life and ever-changing human requirements.

Following the panel discussion, participants will get to experience first-hand what it's like to walk in someone's shoes by taking part in a demo workshop where they will be wearing a simulation suit with all the needed components to simulate the normal human ageing process. Throughout the workshop, the simulated symptoms are:
  • Impaired hearing
  • Deteriorated sharp sight
  • Change of colour vision
  • Limited peripheral vision
  • Limited head movement
  • Reduction of body strength
  • Loss of strength in the arms
  • Decrease in elbow movability
  • Decrease in fingertip sensitivity
Participants will be asked to perform simple daily tasks including: climbing stairs, reading labels on medication packaging, sweeping the floor etc.

This Empathy Workshop will be delivered by Mycelium Studio, establish by architect Asia Grzybowska to provide a platform for the experimental workshops and exchange programmes that focus on improving the quality and diversity in the built environment.

PLEASE NOTE:
The SD&C Simulation Senior Suit will add about 30-40 years over the present age of the person trying the suit on. The suit is aimed at people between 15-60 years of age and in good health. Elder people may try the suit on, if they are sufficiently fit; number of weights can be adjusted to suit individual’s requirements. Younger children shouldn’t try the suit on if they are still growing. Instead they might try goggles or earmuffs. The suit is not suitable for people of weak heart, deteriorated health, weak or pregnant. Please note this list is not exhaustive. 

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