Our Community

Participant Detail



Name: P
Age: 65

Affection:
My design responded directly to the neighbourhood in which this carer lived, and the needs of their community

Matthew
Hargreaves

5th Year
Aged 24
My Overview: "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.

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