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Drawing Health Professionals into Housing Design

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You are warmly invited to take part in a unique opportunity for professionals working in a range of healthcare fields to shape the design of new homes!

The “Future Homes Newcastle” project is looking to develop innovative, pioneering homes which are digitally enabled, low energy and suitable for anyone regardless of their life-stage. The project is looking to draw on the existing academic literature on housing, older people’s views, the know-how of innovative companies and the expertise of health professionals. Partners include Newcastle University, Isos, Ryder Architecture, Elders Council, Newcastle City Council, Zero Carbon Futures and The Sustainable Communities Initiative. Four demonstrator apartments will be constructed before the development of approximately 30 homes in Newcastle (http://www.newcastlecityfutures.org/projects/future-homes/).

As part of the project, we are seeking to bring together professional groups who rarely have the opportunity to meet: architects and health professionals. Whilst health professionals have sometimes been consulted on specialist housing developments, their insights are not ordinarily gathered by housing design teams working on general needs residential development.

This is the first of three half-day events taking place between May and July which will allow a diverse group of health professionals to contribute to the design of the Future Homes through an iterative process with architects. These workshops allow you the opportunity to be involved in creating healthy living environments right from the outset.

Health professionals we are seeking include:

  • Occupational therapists

  • Physiotherapists

  • Psychologists (esp. for older people and/or housing)

  • Specialist nurses (e.g. occupational health, mental health, opthalmic, dementia, geriatric, Parkinson's and other mobility-inhibiting conditions)

  • District nurses

  • Professional careworkers

  • Rehabilitation officers

We welcome professionals working for any organisation, whether in the public, private or voluntary and community sector, as long as you have frontline experience with patients and an interest in how the design of housing environments can be improved.

The first event will include a presentation from independent occupational therapist Marney Walker who has over 25 years of experience spanning health, social care and housing and who has been advising on new build and refurbishments of Extra Care and Supported Housing since 2003. Marney's recent paper for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network can be found here: http://www.housinglin.org.uk/_assets/Resources/Housing/Support_materials/Viewpoints/HLIN_Viewpoint_85_OccupationalTherapy.pdf

Participants will then be invited to envision housing of the future and what, from their experience, is necessary to make it pro-health and pro-independence. Participants will be encouraged to set out their thoughts on sticky notes organised under themes such as living space, sleeping space, bathrooms, kitchens, circulation, technology, thermal comfort, outdoor space and other. Architects will be able to provide their initial reactions to professionals' contributions. Refreshments will be provided throughout and a complimentary lunch will be provided to all attendees at the end of the session.

Dates for the June and July events will be released soon. At these workshops the architects will present the vision of housing of the future incorporating (with the use of examples and precedent) their interpretation of the results from the first event. Health professionals, working in groups, will be encouraged to influence these ideas further, writing comments and redrawing using transparent overlays. Attendees will therefore be able to witness how their ideas are shaping the design of the new homes as the architects present progressive iterations of the plans over the three events.

Please don't miss out on this unique opportunity to have a real impact on the design of innovative future homes!

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