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What’s on in the White Building: June 2023

A busy month for Lab4Living as we welcome visiting researchers from Good Health Design, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, the International Longevity Centre and more.

This month we will be hosting a number of activities relating to the visit from our long term collaborators Good Health Design’s Steve Reay, Ivana Nakarada-Kordic and Cassie Khoo from Auckland, New Zealand. We also host a Hallam Menopause Network lunchtime seminar, plus visitors from the International Longevity Centre, the UK’s specialist think tank on the impact of longevity on society, and members of the Design For Health editorial board.

In the Windows: 101 spoons

101 Spoons - Steve Reay
101 Spoons – Steve Reay

This wellbeing project by Good Health Design’s Steve Reay invites people to reflect on and celebrate the small things taken for granted as part of their everyday experiences. The project started as a way to reengage with craft, and the process of making, noticing, working with hands and using simple tools.

The ‘use’ of each carved spoon may appear to be a simplistic metaphor. As a collection, the spoons express a deeper, more intimate and personal reflection of what sits beneath everyday objects.

Launch of Method resource

On 28 June we launch the Method resource for researchers working at the intersection of design and health. The launch is the culmination of a four year project between Lab4Living and Good Health Design and an outcome of the visit to New Zealand by Graham Nesbitt and Claire Craig in December 2022. This work is funded through the Research England 100-year Life project to develop resources for future students and researchers working in the space that is design for health. It takes a first step in exploring method and provides a framework through which to do this.

  • Method resource is launched in the White Building on Wed 28 June 12.30-13.30.

Visits and seminars

The White Buildling continues to be a hub for staff from across the university as well as national and international visitors.

On 13 June, Lab4Living and Design Futures were delighted to welcome Ailsa Forbes, Retail Impact Fellow at the International Longevity Centre to discuss mutual interests in services for older consumers. On the same day, the White Building hosted the Hallam Menopause Network’s lunchtime seminar where Dr Katy Marsh-Davies shared recent research into staff experiences.

Design For Health journal Editorial Board

Members of the Design For Health journal’s editorial board will meet on 28 June to discuss journal developments and strategy. In a rare opportunity to meet in person, Dr Chris Lim (University of Dundee) and Dr Steve Reay (Good Health Design) from among the board’s global membership will get together with editors Paul Chamberlain, Claire Craig and Kirsty Christer.

What next?