DESIGN FOR AGEING ANG HAPPINESS By HKDILWLDESIS Lab, Social Design Research Group, Hong Kong Design Institute
Design for Ageing and Happiness:Design.Lives Lab in TKO toinvestigate ‘Design Thinging’ anddesign intelligenceHKDILWLDESIS Lab, Social Design Research Group,Hong Kong Design InstitutePlace: Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, ChinaKeywords: Social Design, Festival, Everyday Practice
Context:AGEING & HAPPINESS IN TKOWhile Hong Kong has been named the mostliveable city by the Economist magazine, itsnewest town, Tseung Kwan O (TKO) is namedas ‘a city without streets’. TKO might not be bigenough to be a city but it is home to over400,000 people. It appears to have everythingfor living but has been critiqued ‘as planned butnot designed’ meaning that all the essentials ofa good urban environment are provided but theyare usually poorly implemented andthoughtlessly executed.This poorly designed area is the neighbourhoodwhere our school, HKDI’s new campus waslocated from 2010. The focus of this 2ndDesign.Lives Lab at HKDI was to find out whoare those living in TKO, how are their lives andhow is their happiness affected by the poorlydesigned physical environment? What havethey done to make it better?
Project Response:DESIGN TRICYCLES TOCELEBRATE CHINESE NEWYEAR 2013Ehn (2008) and Binder et al (2012)stress that participatory designprojects always involve making acentral design medium or material(in the form of theatre, performanceor workshop) here they mean thatdesign is not a single artefact, but aproject. This is what they called,Design Thinging.This theoreticalbackground informed our projectbrief for 25 HighDip Students todesign and perform a designactivity WITH our ageing populationin the TKO area, neighbourhood forour design school.
Actor 1: Community Design Learning for studentsBecause this project was set up as an extracurricular project, i.e.no credits for study and was not counted as coursework, we madefour briefing sessions to different classes in order to recruit morestudents. At the end, we achieved over 20 1st year students fromthe Product & Interior Design (PID) Department.Mentors:Dr Yanki Lee, Adjunct Professor, HKDIPaula Dib, Visiting Fellow, HKDI
Actor 2 : TKO residentsResponses to the poorly designed spaces, residents respondresourcefully and we sent our students to go out into thecommunity to engage local residents of the TKO areas, especiallythe elderly, about happy moments in their daily life
Actor 2 : TKO residents! as well as their creative responses tocommunal spaces
Tool and Method:Prototyping was introduced to the learners who are fresh to design. Itwas about making and testing the design objects but also abouttesting ideas with others. The idea of infrastructuring that arises fromthe distinction between the phases of design-before-use and design-in-use.
Role of Design(ers)How do designers become social? Thiswas the question for us as designresearchers. Once designers proclaimthat they are ‘turning social’, aiming atbringing forth social change, whatdesigners should do? What is themeaning of ‘social’ to designers? Whereis the ‘social’? To those practicingParticipatory Design, designers havefound a fundamental obligation to designevents or Manzini and Rizzo (2011)constructed a new typology of the role ofdesigners as triggers, codesign membersand design activists.
Project output and impact:A three-week design lab for students aims to define public throughdesign and it is part of the setting up of DESIS Lab at HKDI, avocational training school. It contributed to the development of socialdesign research in Hong Kong and link to international network.
Learning outcomes:•! For the students: newexperiences to design for/withcommunities•! For the tutors: demonstration ofnew teaching way to bringinterdisciplinary teams together•! For the local communities:triggering new ideas of designeducation•! For the school HKDI: launchproject for DESIS Lab andgenerated awareness!"#$#%&$%()*+,-.%(//.0123,/.+%4+125-%6789:;!"#$%&()*"&(")+,+%)-."-($$+-&/0+"#)(-+,,+,"!"#$%&(#)#*++$%&(*++,-./0%(*1).0#2%"%#-$*/3&4)%5%**(622%"%1-$*/+&4)%5%**(62,*&612+5("7(&(%#/%22(&%"(5("7(/%22(&%"(,70%(*1).0#89:;:#<=#!>#$?@AB#*CC#?;#):>@D?EE1234!156"678913:""
THEMATIC CLUSTERAgeing &Happiness:Am I too oldto play?Ageing inTseung Kwan O,Hong KongContact person:DR YANKI C LEEYANKILEE@HOTMAIL.COM