Keeping senior citizens economically and socially active

Ajka, Hungary
2015

We focused on the issues and opportunities inherent in ageing, with the support of international experts and team facilitators. The aim was to give long term solutions to keeping senior citizens economically and socially active with the help of design.

The challenge we worked on

In 2015 HOLIS was organised again by Design Terminal and was focusing on the issues and opportunities inherent in ageing, with the support of international experts and team leaders. The aim was to give long term solutions to keeping senior citizens economically and socially active with the help of design.

Topics like employment, mobility, living conditions, use of design and use of social amenities and public services were investigated. The target territory of the study was the Ajka and Herend area in Hungary, where we explored both location-specific and more general implications of the topic in cooperation with local administration and nonprofit organizations, as well as local creative industry businesses, the Herend Porcelain Factory and Ajka Crystal.

What are the results

A report was developed presenting the leading thinkers of the theme and the projects of HOLIS teams among a remarkable case study collection of design projects focused on challenges of ageing.

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The projects were delivered by people who cared

Ingrid Van der Wacht

Ingrid is a connector, conceptor, communicator with a focus on co/design for people and planet. Over the years she has initiated projects for the use of design as the driver for social innovation, economic growth and sustainable development. She has extensive experience in cross-sectorial partnerships between public authorities, industries, businesses and designers.

Facilitator

Iria Lopez

Iria's passion is using the power of design processes to transform people's lives. After studying psychology Iria started her career in 2001 working as user researcher / ethnographer (exploring people’s needs in their context of use) working in several private companies in Barcelona. In 2005 she learned how to integrate user/cultural research with design and business processes.

Facilitator

Panni Pais

Co-founder of Cellux Group, designer.

Facilitator

Samu Szemerey

Samu is an architect and urbanist. His areas of specialty are the overlaps of technology, creative industries and the built environment, the media history of architecture and innovation in the design practice. As a consultant and strategist he has organized and curated several programs, events and research projects. He is a regular speaker and course leader at universities internationally.

Facilitator

Tibor Antony

Tibor studied industrial design at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. During that time he gained practical experiences at Beijing product innovation company PER, car design studio at Škoda - Mlada Boleslav, involved as well in multidisciplinary team in Odense, Integrated design programme. He has worked for three years in Branding and Retail Design consultancy 3070 Inc.

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