Our Community

In Advocating Inclusion, I spoke to a number of carers of people with dementia, and gained a thorough understanding of some of the problems and difficulties faced in their everyday lives. All of the people we spoke to live in Salford, but up to this point my research did not relate specifically to its context. To develop my architectural project, I considered the lives of people in relation to their locality, and the way in which their neighbourhood plays a role in facilitating the affects of dementia. To achieve this, I focused my architectural intervention on one specific neighbourhood, in an area where two of the carers we spoke to lived. To expand my knowledge on the area, I looked at statistical data for the neighbourhood, as well as carrying out the MICRA funded research with the specific carers. The exploratory nature of the pilot study allowed me to devise innovative ways in which to engage with the people who would affect the development of my project. One way in which I did this with regards to this area, was to make a scale model of their neighbourhood and show it to the individuals as an aid to eliciting further comments and experiences of the place. It is from this community engagement that my architectural proposal(s) responded. With my final design, I developed a number of interventions based around the concept of the Neighbour House and the Noticeboard, both of which are explained in this section.

Matthew
Hargreaves

5th Year
Aged 24
My Review of the Year

Our design methodology seeks out encounters with people and places, to seek out affects. We actively search for these encounters, creating new situations which result in personal affect, from which we respond creatively to actual circumstances to create architectural projects. By attending conferences in connection with Manchester City Council's Generations Together programme, I sought out these encounters, enabling me to meet new people to initiate my main project for the year. At the Age Friendly City conference in November, I met with Dr Richard Ward who wanted to form an interdisciplinary team with Dr Andrew Clark, a lecturer at the School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History, University of Salford, and myself for a study that was funded by the University of Manchester's MICRA (Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research on Ageing) network. The aim of the study was to gain an understanding of the relationship between neighbourhoods and people affected by dementia (i.e. those with a diagnosis and those who care for them), with my involvement bringing knowledge of urban design and architecture to the research. My architectural project developed in response to the real needs of people affected by dementia and explored the ways in which neighbourhood spaces are significant. The final design therefore arose from a process of community engagement, with the result being a number of interventions based around the concept of the Neighbour House and the Noticeboard.

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