Studio’s dementia research featured in international press

“Unfortunately, design for dementia hardly registers as an area of academic or professional inquiry, compared to ostensibly glamorous project types like skyscrapers and museums. Health- and elder-care projects in general are red-headed stepchildren, receiving too little recognition from peers and the media (mea maxima culpa). The AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards are one welcome exception, another is the […]

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Jack Sardeson has been asked to give one of the principal lectures on his research on architecture and dementia at the University of Cambridge Neurological Society Annual Lecture.  If you are interested in attending please use the link below:


Neurodegenerative City: Rethinking architecture and dementia prevalence

The linked report outlines possible typological alternatives, generated through innovative evidence-based design methodologies, that may more suitably and sustainably meet the needs of the projected dementia prevalent population. This research was carried out over a two year period in collaboration with the Departments of Architecture and Neuroscience at the  University of Cambridge. Neurodegenerative City- Rethinking […]

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Morrisons Supermarket study, St Ives

In collaboration with the Dementia Research Centre, UCL, the studio conducted a dementia inclusive design study for Morrisons supermarkets, specifically their newly completed store in St. Ives. Though the store had incorporated a number of architectural features that would specifically benefit the elderly and those certain types dementia, the subsequent report highlighted how further adaptations […]

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Haptic-recall Grab-rail

The implications of this distinction between implicit and explicit memory for AD care have been developed by the neurophysiologist, Soledad Ballesteros. In a recent experiment, Ballesteros demonstrated how HM’s symptoms are also experienced by those living with AD. Ballesteros asked three groups; one made up of undergraduate students, the second of healthy older adults and […]

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Winston Churchill Trust Fellowship

The Winston Churchill Trust Fellowships were established when Sir Winston Churchill died in 1965. Thousands of people, out of respect for the man and in gratitude for his inspired leadership, gave generously so that a living memorial to him could benefit future generations of British people. As Sir Winston’s national memorial, the trust carries forward his legacy by funding UK citizens […]

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Mapping Care, UK

The care home is the typology most commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and with dementia more generally. With approximately 80% of resident in the UK care homes living with some form of dementia, this association is not without current statistical foundation. Additionally, the archetypal association of retirement with a withdrawal from public life to the […]

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Doing Dementia Design Conference

Doing Dementia Design was a two day conference organised by the Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance to promote the adoption of dementia-friendly principles in the design of all buildings, places and spaces, sharing latest research developments, aiming to influence public policy, professional practice, education and training. The video installation designed for the reception of this event invited […]

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Gradmann Haus

Location: Stuttgart, Germany Architect: S Heeg, Herrmann + Bosch Project Year: 2001 (Text provided by Homes England): Architecturally inspiring buildings with a strong environmental focus seamlessly into an established residential neighbourhood. The accommodation for dementia sufferers is arranged in 2 loops of 12 dwellings focused onto courtyard gardens. Communal living spaces and kitchens are located […]

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D-Cologne Housing Complex

Location: Cologne, Germany Architect: ASTOC Project Year: 2012 (Text provided by Inhabitat): Buchheimer Weg is a new social housing complex in Cologne that replaces a dusty and out of date series of row houses. Designed by ASTOC Architects and Planners, the collection of 18 green-toned buildings were constructed with natural lighting, ventilation, open space, comfortable interiors and […]

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de Rokade

Location: Groningen, Netherlands Architect: Arons en Gelauff Project Year: 2007 (Text provided by architect): In 2003, Groningen municipal council launched a project “The Intense City” to keep the city compact by increasing the building density of districts around the Centre. The Rokade Residential Tower Block is situated on one of the first increased density locations, and marks […]

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Experimental Alzheimer Nursing Home in Paris

Location: Paris, France Architect: Philippon-Kalt Architectes Urbanistes Project Year: 2012 (Text provided by architect): After having delivered the first social housing building with a thermal solar panel façade in 2010 for Siemp on a listed site, the architects Philippon – Kalt have once again demonstrated their taste for experimentation in renovating Paris’ rue Blanche with an […]

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Do you know the way? London Festival of Architecture 2017

In collaboration with the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge the objective of the pictured installation was to record users navigation through a series of urban conditions. These routes were displayed via three projectors in the format of first person perspective videos. Participants were asked to watch these journeys and then recall which […]

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de Plussenburgh

Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands Architect: Arons en Gelauff Architecten  Project Year: 2006 (Text provided by architect): In 2001, a competition by invitation requested a design for a retirement housing project. The objective of this competition was a design to set a standard of architectural quality for upcoming projects in the ambitious redevelopment of the centre of […]

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Hydrophobic Turbine

The Hydrophobic Turbine project explored the hypothetical incorporation of organic material properties in hydro-turbine design ­with a view to improving energy output efficiency. The final turbine design drew inspiration from the Basking Shark, mimicking the layered openings found in the shark’s mouth. This design allowed water to pass through the turbine at different speeds, thereby […]

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NHS Farringdon Clinic

The number of antibiotic- resistant pathogens has been steadily rising over the past two decades with fewer new antibiotics being discovered to counter this increase. This is in-part a result of our over-reliance on antibiotics, particularly in hospitals, where reports of potentially fatal ‘super-bugs’ are becoming increasingly common. The architecture of the NHS in a […]

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