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Design For Health Vol 5 issue 1 Apr 2021, edited by Paul Chamberlain

In the first issue of the year, Design For Health purposely presents a collection of papers that exemplify the diversity of approaches and applications in design and health.

Issue: Volume 5, issue 1 April 2021
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Online
Editors: Paul Chamberlain, Claire Craig, Paul Atkinson, Kirsty Christer
Print / Online ISSN: 2473-5132 / 2473-5140
Published: Three times per year; est. 2017

This issue presents papers adopting more traditional quantitative studies alongside positioning papers that don’t necessary present answers but raise and encourage debate on important emerging issues and potential new spaces for research within this broad field of enquiry.

The global relevance and interest is evident; papers come from Canada, Spain, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the UK.

The issue includes two papers co-authored by researchers from Lab4Living. Claire Craig et al. reflect on approaches to ethics for researchers working in health contexts in  ‘Development of an Ethical Road Map’. Chris Redford is a co-author on Powell et al.’s paper evaluating a co-designed prototype psychoeducational activity book for seven- to eleven-year-olds with ADHD. The issue also includes a paper on Digital sovereignty by Pierri and Herlo. This is the first of several papers resulting from the 5th Design4Health conference which would have taken place in Amsterdam in 2020.

In his editorial ‘Transformation of health …. and design?’Paul Chamberlain notes that this issue presents research undertaken both preceding and during the COVID pandemic. It is important to reflect on whether approaches and methods are still relevant, have changed due to the pandemic, and where we might be experiencing a transitional moment where design research in health will change significantly.

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BioDesign Challenge: The Living Sponge

This week, a team of Art and Design students present their concepts The Living Sponge at the Biodesign Challenge Summit. The postgraduate students have worked with a range of experts including Lab4Living researchers to compete in the international Biodesign Challenge. They will join students from 20 countries in showcasing their biotech projects before an international audience and panel of 60 pioneers in art, design, and technology.

The Living Sponge

The Biodesign Challenge is an international education program and competition which challenges students to envision and develop applications in biotech. Students are challenged to develop ideas which bridge art, design, and biology to reimagine a more sustainable and equitable future.

It is grounded in the UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 (taking action to combat climate change) and provides an opportunity for Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) students, one of only three universities in the UK to take part in the competition, to engage in work which could have real world impact and make a positive contribution society globally.

Research informed teaching

Students from across the Art & Design MA courses worked in cross disciplinary teams to prepare projects in response to the BioDesign Challenge brief, with input from teaching staff, researchers from Lab4Living and invited external experts. Teaching staff from the Department of Art and Design, led by Dr Eve Stirling, have been supporting the teams of students with input from Lab4Living researchers Prof Peter Lloyd Jones, Noemie Soula and Marika Grasso.

Press release: Hallam students named as finalists for Biodesign Challenge

At an internal selection process in May, one team was picked to develop their project, The Living Sponge, and present it online at this year’s BioDesign Challenge Summit on 23rd June.

The Living Sponge

The Living Sponge is a dystopian futuristic fiction that uses living calcareous sponge properties to create an artificial living sponge that interacts with the external environment by collecting and purifying water. This concept was developed by a team of MA students from Interiors, Packaging, Illustration, and Jewellery and Metalwork.

BioSpecies Sponge Human Baby Illustration. Credit: Xiaozhao Ban

Hannah Morley, one of the design students who will be presenting the project said:

“The Biodesign Challenge was such a potential and transformative opportunity for us, as a team; and a challenge in itself. We hope The Living Sponge can help address global issues or reverse biodiversity loss with newly minted design innovation, relating to the damaging effects climate change has had on the planet regarding water scarcity.

Developing the biotech ideas

The team had begun by thinking about cleaned water and contamination, and ideas of water absorption and metabolism, which led to the image of the sponge. They explored the narratives of sponges absorbing and collecting water, and discovered the sponge’s ability to ‘purify’. As they observed the sponge’s properties, they began to explore how sponges could be created and designed to filter water and prevent it from being filtered again.

The team speculated on the possibility of using calcareous sponge DNA (which is very capable of filtering water and prevent it from being filtered again) in order to create an artificial ‘living’ sponge that could interact with the external environment. They looked at the context of inhabited Karst regions and how sponge technology could improve citizens’ quality of life by collecting and purifying water.

CAD Model Animation of a Street in Nanning, China showing how the ‘Living Sponge’ benefits communities regarding Climate change. Credit: Xiaoyue Ma

Nanning: a Karst landscape in south China

Karst landscapes are made up of limestone which can be worn away from the top or dissolved from a weak point inside the rock, resulting in caves, sink holes, and underground rivers. The city of Nanning in south China is in such a landscape and has significant problems with waterlogging during rainy seasons. Building a “sponge city” is an attempt by Nanning to solve waterlogging. Sponge cities use permeable pavements, water storage and roof planting methods to make the overall urban structure like a sponge that can absorb and store rainfall to reduce the risk of waterlogging.

Inspiration

The team was inspired by a range of arts and science projects from around the world. Talking with Peter Lloyd Jones led them to look at ‘Ice Stupa‘, an artificial glacier in the desert of northern India. Rachel Armstrong ‘Future Venice’ is a project about creating artificial Coral reefs), and Lab4Living’s Playponics project, led by Heath Reed, provides a way for people to interact with their environment and allow them to participate in its improvement.

Wearable Weather devices for personal water usage in the far future. Credit: Xiaoyue Ma

Final concepts

The final concepts explore wearable weather water sponges and imagine a future cityscape where the sponges adapt to weather changes. The sponge properties mean that they can not only absorb excess water but purify and filter it so that it can be stored until needed.

Sponge Packaging CAD Model. Credit: Ines de Cueto

Preparing for the summit

Working as a cross disciplinary group, the team have used their different expertise and developed effective ways of working together; as Hannah Morley says, “We have leaders, organisers, and implementers in our group.”

The team is looking forward to sharing and discussing their designs with the expert team of biological design and other finalist teams from all over the world.

BioDesign Summit

At the livestreamed summit, viewers will be able to see the students showcase their biotech projects before an international audience and panel of 60 pioneers in art, design, and technology. There will also be live Q&As with judges, and talks by keynote speakers. While this year’s event will be held online, previous summits have taken place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Further info on The Living Sponge @ BDC Summit 2021

 
Evaluation of ‘ADHD Hero Activity Book’ paper published in Design For Health

This paper, now published in Design For Health, describes the evaluation of a prototype activity book (previously co-designed by Lab4Living researchers, families of young people with ADHD, educators and clinicians). Results indicate the activity book is an effective communication aid between young people and families. Read the paper here:

The suitability and acceptability of a co-designed prototype psychoeducational activity book for seven- to eleven-year-olds with ADHD – Powell et al.

 
Lab4Living PhD student Marika Grasso to exhibit at CHItaly 2021 “Frontiers of HCI”

Following on from a recent online residency, Marika Grasso has been accepted to exhibit in CHI Interactive Experiences at CHItaly11th – 13th July 2021. Marika is currently studying for her PhD within Lab4Living. Her exhibit “Touch/Matter Beyond Touchscreens” asks the question “Have you ever really touched your touchscreen?”

Beyond Touchscreen

The installation is a tool to reflect beyond the materiality of technology throughout the marks of touch. It focuses on the relationship between the hand and the computer and the special interaction with the screen. The small rectangular scale of the screen and its continuous presence in human life interlaces thinking and engagement in a very particular manner. The engagement with the layers composing the touchscreen is superficial, the glass layer is marked by human activity through time until the touchscreen is broken by human activity. The glass surface becomes part of the past and it is replaced, while actually, the other inside layers unbroken and soft are forgotten.

The installation is a provocation and discourse about the materiality of daily touched computers (smartphones), by decomposing and relayering and showing the untouched layers. 

The materials/layers of the smartphone are therefore organized according to the softness, elasticity, smoothness, stiffness, and thickness to expose the hidden layers of the daily touching of screens. The un-layering and exposition of all the layers such as glass film, isolation layer, ITO (transparent metal deposit), and LCD serve to look differently at the materiality of technology daily interactions.

The display of the components of the touchscreens aims to reveal more of the entanglement between the materials and the meaning they have beyond our touch and interaction. Those hidden layers also carry their own meanings, which are expressed in the size, thickness and colour, but also by the imaginary built around it, by contemporary technological culture.

CHItaly

CHItaly explores the “Frontiers of HCI” through connecting research and geographical areas, and takes place this year as a hybrid physical and digital event including workshops, presentations and Interactive Experiences.

About the artist

Marika Grasso is one of 8 PhD students who joined Lab4Living in October 2019 following the Research England award which focusses on the Future Home and 100 year life. Her research uses art practice to explore the relationship between the human condition, touch and conductive materials.

Personal website: grassomarika.academia.edu

8 new PhD students

Funded through the recent major Research England award, 8 new postgraduate students begin their studies, supervised by members of the Lab4Living team.

 
10 years of Lab4Living

The Lab celebrates 10 years with an exhibition at Sheffield Institute of Arts, in the Head Post Office building.

 
Design4Health2018: Sheffield

Back in Sheffield once more, the 5th conference themes interrogate meanings and assumptions relating to the terms ‘design’, ‘health’, ‘risk’ and ‘taboo’. Participants enjoy a candle-lit gala dinner at Sheffield cathedral.

 
Lab4Living Symposium

The Lab invites a range of researchers, practitioners and service users to join us in Sheffield for a day of seminars and workshops.

 
Head Post Office

Two years later, in 1910, the new Post Office Building is built nearby. After lying empty for more than 15 years, this Grade II listed building is given a new lease of life when it becomes the home of Sheffield Institute of Arts at Sheffield Hallam University in 2017.

 
Lab4Living at The White Building

After more than a decade, Lab4Living gets a new space inside one of Sheffield’s most interesting heritage buildings. A workshop, studio and exhibition area provide flexible space for the expanding team to work, meet, build & test, showcase work and engage with service users and the public.

 
The White Building

The White Building, designed and owned by Sheffield architects Flockton and Gibbs, is built in 1908 as part of the remodelling of Fitzalan Square in Sheffield. It has several connections to Sheffield Hallam University’s Art and Design history and later becomes home to Lab4Living. (Image: The British Newspaper Archive)

 
Relief frieze on The White Building

Architectural sculptors Tory & Sons design and produce relief friezes for the facade of the White Building, now home to Lab4Living. The friezes depicting Sheffield trades are modelled by twin brothers Albert Tory and William Tory, who were pupils at the School of Art in the 1890s,

 
Flockton and Gibbs

Future architect Edward Mitchel Gibbs (1847-1935) studies at Sheffield School of Art from 1865 – 1870. His firm, Flockton and Gibbs, later designs The White Building in Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, now home to Lab4Living.

 
Ethical Roadmap published in Design For Health

Claire Craig, Helen Fisher and researchers from Northumbria University consider the ethical tensions and dilemmas faced in interdisciplinary research in a new journal article. The team has developed an Ethical Roadmap to support ethical practices in design and human-computer interaction (HCI) research. Available now in Design For Health:

Development of an ethical roadmap – Claire Craig et al.

 
Challenging the digital default: COVID-19 and Co-production

A chapter by Lab4Living researchers in a new publication offers some alternatives to the supposed digital dominance for co-design during the COVID-19 pandemic. The chapter is published in a new two-volume set of Rapid Responses exploring the urgent need to put co-production and participatory approaches at the heart of responses to the pandemic.

The publication will be launched at an event hosted by the Centre for Public Engagement Tuesday 22nd June.

“Challenging the digital default: in our chapter we offer a critique of an over-reliance on digital media for co-design, pointing out the exclusive nature of digital channels. We offer some alternatives that have arisen from our own practice as we explored different ways of reducing barriers to enable people to contribute to co-design.”

Dr Joe Langley, Lab4Living

“COVID co-design does not *have* to be digital” is co-written by a team of researchers from Lab4Living, the University of South Australia, and the University of York. The team have been sharing practice and building knowledge since the outbreak of the pandemic through their Co-design during COVID collaboration, exploring how to engage participants meaningfully through remote co-design. 

Background

Following an exasperated Twitter thread by researcher Joe Langley about critically challenging the “what platform should I use?” starting point for co-production during COVID, the team was invited by the editors to contribute to a new publication exploring co-production in health and social care during a pandemic. The two-volume set of Rapid Responses explores the urgent need to put co-production and participatory approaches at the heart of responses to the pandemic. It demonstrates how policymakers, health and social care practitioners, patients, service users, carers and public contributors can make this happen.

The chapter ‘COVID co-design does not *have* to be digital‘ is included in the second volume of Rapid Responses which focuses on methods and means of co-producing during a pandemic. It is available as an Open Access publication.

The editorial team has written a post for the Transforming Society blog about why the issues in the book are so important – it can be found via this link:

https://www.transformingsociety.co.uk/2021/05/24/co-production-working-together-towards-a-fairer-future/

Publication details

‘COVID co-design does not *HAVEA* to be digital’ by Joe Langley, Niki Wallace, Aaron Davis, Ian Gwilt, Sarah Knowles, Rebecca Partridge, Gemma Wheeler, and Ursual Ankeny

In: COVID-19 and Co-production in Health and Social Care Research, Policy, and Practice
Volume 2: Co-production Methods and Working Together at a Distance

Editors: Oli WilliamsDoreen TemboJosephine OclooMeerat KaurGary HickeyMichelle Farr and Peter Beresford

ISBN: 978-1447361794

Imprint: Policy Press

Page count: 160 pages

A launch event will hosted by the Centre for Public Engagement online at 16:00-17:15 Tues 22 June 2021.
Book free place at launch.

 
Two PhD Studentships in Lab4Living

Two Lab4Living studentship projects plus Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) studentships for postgraduate research students in the Art, Design & Media Research Centre now advertised.

CCRI Impact Blog: PhD Studentship Opportunities in CCRI

 
Paul Chamberlain exhibits new collection at Venice Biennial Architecture exhibition

Conversation Piece

Paul Chamberlain (Lab4Living) is exhibiting a new collection of work at Venice Biennial Architecture exhibition “Time Space Existence” which opens 22 May 2021 and runs until 21 November 2021.

The traditional structures of our every-day life and the spaces we inhabit are being challenged. Increased life expectancy, a global pandemic and technology pervading every aspect of our lives is blurring the boundaries of domesticity and work life, while spaces within the home become less delineated.

Through this collection of work Paul challenges traditional furniture typologies and morphs archetypal forms to create hybrid ambiguous artefacts that reflect the domestic quotidian. The work is part of a broader Lab4Living research enquiry funded through Research England’s Expanding Excellence in England Programme that explores the role of Design in the reconceptualisation of the 100-year life.

Exhibition: “Time Space Existence” 
Location: Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Marinaressa Gardens, Venice, Italy
Organisers: European Cultural Centre – Italy
Dates: May 22nd – November 21st 2021
Website: https://ecc-italy.eu/exhibitions/upcoming

 
War and Medicine

Prof David Cotterrell’s photographic & written accounts of the militarised healthcare pathway informs development of new training materials for personnel going into combat zones.

 
Art & Design research rated highly

50% of SHU’s A&D research rated internationally excellent or world leading, including Chamberlain’s Medical Connectors, TacTile Sounds, Dulake’s visualising Nanotechnology, and Yoxall’s improving Packaging Openability.

 
RAE2001

Art & Design performs strongly in the 2001 UK research assessment exercise. 5* rated research includes Chamberlain’s TacTile Sounds vibro-sound product development for clinical use.

 
Design Futures accredited as a CIC

As a result of its strengths in research and knowledge transfer, Design Futures is accredited by the EU as a Centre of Industrial Collaboration (CIC) to support regional regeneration. It is the only non-STEM CIC status granted.

 
Design Futures

A commercially focused product & packaging design consultancy group, the Advanced Product Development Centre, now known as Design Futures, is developed by the ADRC in collaboration with Uni of Sheffield to support the regeneration of the Sheffield sub region.

 
24-Hr Design Challenge

Kyoto DesignLab‘s Julia Cassim runs a 24-Hour participatory Design Challenge during the Design4Health2013 conference.

 
Noemie Soula presents Handle (me) with care at SDEA Theatre Arts Conference

Noémie Soula presents her art research project ‘Handle (me) with care’ at the forthcoming SDEA Theatre Arts Conference in May. The project explores and re-imagines the relationship between bedridden patients and their caregivers during dressing rituals. 

The presentation will focus on how the use of art-based methods – such as dance and textile creations – in this inquiry leads to a better understanding of this highly choreographic care. It will also emphasize how creative practices can infiltrate and challenge other disciplines and research ground to generate new knowledge. 

The SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2021 is organised by Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA). SDEA is a not-for-profit organisation set up by artists and drama educators which advocates for the practice and value of drama and theatre in performance, education and community.

The conference is attended by performance, drama, theatre artists and educators. This year’s event is fully online and is themed Creative Disruption: Exploring New Ground. Join from 22 -30 May 2021 to see Noemi’s work!

About the Artist

Noémie Soula is a French artist who joined Lab4Living as a research assistant in 2020. Her practice and research interests sit at the crossroad between art and science, looking at what defines or even redefines humankind. This piece of work is part of the research focus on the 100-year life and the Future Home.

 
Kaisu Koski and Peter Lloyd Jones Talking BIO·FICTION

Kaisu Koski and Peter Lloyd Jones will host an online discussion session as part of BIOART Society‘s Talking BIO·FICTION in April.

As part of the BIO·FICTION Shorts season (a touring collection of short films), Kaisu Koski and Peter Lloyd Jones will host a discussion session on 14th April 2021. The season of films explore the theme of Futurebody and delve into neurotechnology. This session will discuss films Paramusical EnsembleErase Love, and Adam & Eve MK II.

Bioart Society is a Helsinki-based association developing, producing and facilitating activities around art and natural sciences with an emphasis on biology, ecology and life sciences. It runs SOLU Space, an artistic laboratory and platform for art, science and society. Bioart Society is committed to supporting bioart and biohacking practices through its programme of events.

Date: 14 April 2021, 19–21h (Finnish time, UTC+2) 
Location: Online
Info: Talking BIO·FICTION at BIOART Society

 
Paul Chamberlain and Nick Dulake to present NESTORE work at final workshop

Paul Chamberlain will be presenting the work of the Lab4Living team on the NESTORE project alongside the 16 European project partners at an online event on the 27th February to mark the end of the project.

NESTORE final workshop

Designers, developers, users, public authorities and businesses will come together at the final event to explore the lessons learnt in more than three years of activity on project called NESTORE (Novel Empowering Solutions and Technology for Older people to Retain Everyday life activities). They will exchange the knowledge built in relation to co-design, technology and user experience.

Paul Chamberlain, Claire Craig and Nick Dulake have been involved in the three year project, funded through the EU H2020 programme. Chamberlain et al. have been responsible for leading the co-design that has informed the development of an extensive system that supports health and wellbeing through the four domains of physical, nutritional, cognitive and social.

One of the tangible elements of the NESTORE interface

Co-design

The L4L team has engaged over 200 participants in co-design activities in the UK, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, and worked in close collaboration with technical partners in Switzerland.

The project has faced challenges engaging with older communities through recent restrictions imposed by COVID but recent events have highlighted the importance of role of technology in supporting wellbeing.

The outcomes of the project presents creative methods for co-design and highlight the value of engaging users in the process. Useful insights have emerged for the development of future systems.

NESTORE project partners
Claire and Paul (centre) with NESTORE project partners at Milano Politecnico

 
Researcher Blog: Paul Emmerson

We introduce a series of researcher blogs written by Lab4Living staff and postgraduate students in which they reflect on their work, studies, events and trips.
In this first blog, researcher Paul Emmerson writes about his recent participation in an online dialogue organised for Sheffield Hallam University staff and students.

Sustainability Challenges for Moving to A Low Carbon Economy and Society

On Wednesday, 24th February 2021 I was pleased to attend, as a discussant, SHU’s Research Institute Dialogue online event introducing diverse academic expertise exploring: “Sustainability Challenges for Moving to A Low Carbon Economy and Society.” A cohort of colleagues engaged the sixty strong viewers with their research and insight. I note several discussions that caught my attention. Fiery thoughts encapsulated Dr Robin Smith’s approach. His study of nuclear reactions within stars ignited his case for fission and fusion nuclear power as decarbonising technologies to energise our industries and heat our homes. But, as Robin sagely noted, these ideas have technical difficulties and societal challenges ahead.

A cohort of colleagues engaged the sixty strong viewers with their research and insight. I note several discussions that caught my attention. Fiery thoughts encapsulated Dr Robin Smith’s approach. His study of nuclear reactions within stars ignited his case for fission and fusion nuclear power as decarbonising technologies to energise our industries and heat our homes. But, as Robin sagely noted, these ideas have technical difficulties and societal challenges ahead.

A chemist, whose past explored studying carbon arising in the age of dinosaurs, Dr Rachel Schwartz-Narbonne spoke of how her new research employs the remarkable characteristics of microbes. She enlists their help to create renewable biogas energy and other materials from our endless supply of wastewater. Biogas power from the “cleaning” of waste is surely a future development we can support.

Elsewhere, Dr Steve Parkes drew attention to the social inequalities of transportation and his promotion of active travel within Sheffield as a carbon-reducing practice we can all partake in while improving our wellbeing. In the future, he argues autonomous vehicles also hold the potential to support the creation of a low carbon economy. And, hopefully, if electrically powered, redress the troubling issue of car emissions within inner cities.

Photo by ETA+ on Unsplash
Photo by ETA+ on Unsplash

Dr Hywel Jones, a material scientist, spoke of the problematics of recycling. With mobile phones a global phenomenon containing over 45 elements, it remains that reclamation is limited to just over twenty. Moreover, billions remain “hiding” in our cupboards! Hywel’s wise position is to questions how we use materials more efficiently and make our phones last longer while offering the same performance. To advance this discourse, he engages the public in recycling and informational events to help drive behavioural change.

Closest to my practice of design for wellbeing and sustainability is the research of Dr Cristina Cerulli. An architect, Cristina’s work promotes community involvement in designing sustainable focused interventions that challenge the status quo. This stance brings her ethical commitment towards creating a more just society to the fore within her practice.

The presentations highlight SHU’s reach and depth of disciplinary insight capable of helping to address the sustainability challenge and move to a low carbon economy. But to my mind, they mainly agreed with what I believe is today’s dominant worldview. A belief presented by governments, industries and academics. One of how technological innovation will save the day and enable low carbon economies. This is a dangerous position.

 

Robin’s thinking, I believe, represents the “grandest” of such a technology-led intervention to sustainability. Such ideas ought not to be dismissed. Indeed, they will likely play an essential future role. However, the worldview perspective they are typically presented from represents a technological solutions approach that has proven problematic since such thinking arose during the industrial revolution. Centuries-old studies inform how technological innovations delivering transformative efficiency gains result in price reductions. These price reductions drive demand that in turn drives consumption. As an everyday example, since the switch from using baths to water-saving showers, our water usage in the UK over the last 25 years has increased by 50% (Environment Agency 2014).

Consequently, as widely discussed in economics for sustainability, and design for sustainability literature, efficiency alone is not the solution. Sustainability, encompassing the question of how we realise a low carbon economy, fundamentally requires comprehending our sufficient needs from the perspective of social practices (Shove 2011). 

Such comprehension of sufficiency, in my view, requires the formation of a new culture. A culture that builds on the existing social movement practices for sustainability and social equality movements to support the broad critical engagement of citizens as ongoing participants in the steer of their community towards sustainability. 

We know citizen endeavour to be sustainable. However, as my question to the panel posed, we need to research: “how do we democratise, articulate, and create the enabling conditions that may scale nationally for Sheffield’s citizen’s ongoing life-centred practice of sustainability?” Only when the enabling conditions, the realising of new civics infrastructures that support citizens in shaping their everyday practice of sustainability and wellbeing, with a cultural informational focus (Sen 2009) of delivering the ongoing value of fairness between citizens, is a path depicting a globally sustainable future likely to become visible. SHU appears well-placed to enable this research. Its impressive academics, with their combined expertise and energy, appear ready to empower citizens to radically challenge their ways of living.

References

Environment Agency. (2014). Environment Agency – Save Water. Retrieved 21 March 2014, from http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/beinggreen/117266.aspx

Sen, A. (2009). The Idea of Justice. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Shove, E. (2011). Science and Technology Select Committee Behaviour Change (Cabinet Office, Department of Education and the Government Economic and Social Research Team, Ed.). House of Lords. http://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/science-technology/behaviourchange/BCOralandWrittenEvCompiled180711.pdf

About the Researcher

Paul Emmerson‘s practice seeks to resolve the synthesis of his interests in social innovation, sustainability and design for health and wellbeing across projects that involve product and service design alongside business model innovation.

 
Stainless steel scalpels

Building on a 1915 design patented in the USA by Morgan Parker, Sheffield-based Swann-Morton become world leading manufacturers of two piece stainless steel surgical scalpels.

 
Best performance yet in UK REF

81% of SHU’s Art & Design submitted work, which includes L4L, is judged world leading or internationally excellent in 2014 research excellence assessment. Art and Design research is ranked 2nd in modern universities and in top ten of all UK universities.

 
New book launched to provide support for people recently diagnosed with dementia

 
Sheffield Hallam researchers install first of its kind energy harnessing playground in India

 
‘Discovering Dementia’ book launch

 
Design For Health journal launched

Design For Health, published by Taylor & Francis Online, is launched in Rome. It is led by Lab4Living and an Editorial board drawn from across the world.

 
Design4Health2015 conference

The 3rd conference in Sheffield welcomes 177 delegates. 90 papers, an exhibition and – for the first time – posters respond to the theme Synergies of Practice. The 24-Hr Design Challenge explores the theme of Parkinson’s disease.

 
Sheffield School of Art

By the 1850s Sheffield School of Design had grown to around 1,000 students and changed our name to Sheffield School of Art. At the Great Exhibition, we were the most successful art and design school in the country, with Sheffield students winning four gold medals – no other school won any.

The beginnings of design and health

Leonardo da Vinci uses drawing to interrogate and build knowledge of anatomy

Sheffield School of Design

Sheffield School of Design was founded to provide skilled designers to support Britain’s industry.

Art and design education supports industry

A UK government select committee is appointed to look at increasing fine art and design education to support industry.

 
‘Playponics’ pilot playground installed in Uttar Pradesh, India

 
LAB4LIVING NEWS ARCHIVE

Lab4living news archive on the CCRI Impact blog at Sheffield Hallam University
Lab4Living is one of 4 research centres which make up the Culture and Creativity Research Institute (CCRI), Sheffield Hallam University’s largest and highest rated community of researchers.
The CCRI Impact blog was set up in 2015 to showcase research and publications from its research community. All news items relating to Lab4Living dating from 2015 to 2021 can be found on the blog’s Lab4Living News Archive.

 
Art & Design Research Centre founded at SHU

A new research centre is founded at Sheffield Hallam University by Prof Jim Roddis, providing a catalyst for creative practice based research and knowledge transfer.

 
Former student pioneers art therapy in Sheffield

After volunteering during WWI, former Sheffield Art School student Annie Bindon Carter starts a company helping men severely disabled in the war to produce painted fabrics, sold around the country. An early example of art therapy, the business employs 70 ex-servicemen.

 
1st practice-led PhD

The first practice-led design PhD at SHU is awarded to Graham Whiteley for his research: “An Articulated Skeletal Analogy of the Human Upper Limb”.

 
A rebranding exercise

After more than 10 years, we undergo a rebrand.

 
Research England Award

In recognition of its track record in design-led research, Lab4Living receives £4m funding award from Research England’s Expanding Excellence in England (E3) fund to support strategic research into the 100-year life and the Future Home.

 
Journeying Through Dementia

 
2nd Design4Health conference

150 delegates from 16 countries attend the second conference in Sheffield. The themes are invention, adoption and diffusion.

 
Design4Health17: Melbourne

Hosted at the famous Melbourne Cricket Club by Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.

 
Joe Langley NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowship

Joe Langley’s NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowship is the first to be awarded to a researcher from outside the health disciplines. The fellowship explores the added value of design and making in the context of co-produced research, seeding several ongoing projects.

 
AHRC Network Award

A consortium led by L4L publishes an expert-led review of the extent of the art of design theory and practice in health and social care.

 
European Network of Living Labs

We’re awarded Membership of ENoL and are one of the longest established living labs in Europe.

 
TacMap

The development of an iconic tactile language for use in the production of tactile maps led to Lab4Living’s first Spin Out Company

 
1st European Design4Health Conference

Launched in the Art & Design Research Centre and Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery at Sheffield Hallam University in July 2011.

 
Future Bathroom

EPSRC-funded project outcomes are awarded ‘Most Innovative Design’ in 2017 by the Over 50s Housing Association, UK.

 
Patented Medical Connection System

Paul Chamberlain brings new approaches to medical drug delivery connectors, using a haptic/cognitive approach to reduce problems of mismatching which could lead to fatal accidents. Funded by UK Health Technology Device Agency

 
Lab4Living

Lab4Living is launched as a multidisciplinary research initiative bringing together expertise from SHU’s art & design and health & wellbeing research communities, and industrial design consultancy Design Futures.

 
Nurse Communication System – Mediplan

Commercial production of a new hospital communication system begins, the first R&D project with medical equipment manufacturer Mediplan. Through its long-term collaboration with Design Futures researchers, Mediplan has successfully adopted design at a strategic level.

 
TacTile Sounds

Millennium Product Award winning TacTile sounds system, a modular vibro-acoustic furniture system, is an early example of using design and creative practice to understand complex user needs.

 
Design For Health Vol 5 issue 1 Apr 2021, edited by Paul Chamberlain

In the first issue of the year, Design For Health purposely presents a collection of papers that exemplify the diversity of approaches and applications in design and health.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Online
Editors: Paul Chamberlain, Claire Craig, Paul Atkinson, Kirsty Christer
Print / Online ISSN: 2473-5132 / 2473-5140
Published: Three times per year; est. 2017

This issue presents papers adopting more traditional quantitative studies alongside positioning papers that don’t necessary present answers but raise and encourage debate on important emerging issues and potential new spaces for research within this broad field of enquiry.

The global relevance and interest is evident; papers come from Canada, Spain, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the UK.

The issue includes two papers co-authored by researchers from Lab4Living. Claire Craig et al. reflect on approaches to ethics for researchers working in health contexts in  ‘Development of an Ethical Road Map’. Chris Redford is a co-author on Powell et al.’s paper evaluating a co-designed prototype psychoeducational activity book for seven- to eleven-year-olds with ADHD. The issue also includes a paper on Digital sovereignty by Pierri and Herlo. This is the first of several papers resulting from the 5th Design4Health conference which would have taken place in Amsterdam in 2020.

In his editorial ‘Transformation of health …. and design?’Paul Chamberlain notes that this issue presents research undertaken both preceding and during the COVID pandemic. It is important to reflect on whether approaches and methods are still relevant, have changed due to the pandemic, and where we might be experiencing a transitional moment where design research in health will change significantly.

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Life Café

Kits developed and produced by Lab4Living and Design Futures Packaging are now available to purchase via Marie Curie.

 
PAUL CHAMBERLAIN AND CLAIRE CRAIG TO GIVE KEYNOTES AT DUTCH DESIGN WEEK 2018

During Dutch Design Week 2018Creative Industries Fund NL and Waag are organising the Designing a Community of Care: From creative research to practice network meeting, in association with the Aedes-Actiz Knowledge Centre for Housing, Care and Welfare and the Who Cares team. Paul and Claire will give a keynote exploring the role of design and creative practice in understanding and tackling the challenges of an ageing population.

In the Netherlands a care reinvention is happening. An ageing population, decentralisation and technological advances are making new demands on the provision of care in communities. Creative Industries Fund NL and Waag believe in the power of design’s contribution to this process of transition within care in the community.

Designing a Community of Care
The reason for this meeting is the Open Call: Designing a Community of Care, which was issued by the Fund in the spring of 2018. Thirteen projects have been initiated, in which designers are tackling changes to care in the community in conjunction with municipal services, care providers and housing corporations. You can find further information via this link (Dutch only).

Keynote speakers 

Professor Paul Chamberlain – Design Director of Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Claire Craig – Health Director of Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University

Good design can mean a lot for society, but how can design practices and processes help to tackle the challenges we are facing in the 21st century? Paul Chamberlain argues that design is as much about the definition of the question as it is about providing an answer, and that interdisciplinary collaboration is the starting point for new creative possibilities. In Claire Craig’s former role as an occupational therapist she gained experience in the advancement of the wellbeing of the elderly, and she believes that design plays a pivotal role in this field.

Designing a Community of Care: From creative research to practice
Monday 22 October 2018, 1PM – 5PM
Innovation Powerhouse (Strijp-T), Zwaanstraat 31a, Eindhoven

Chronic Health exhibition
The Embassy of Health is an initiative of Waag, VanBerlo, Philips, Máxima Medical Centre, U Create and the Dutch Design Foundation. The ‘Chronic Health’ exhibition reveals how these organisations are jointly shaping care and how care products or services are not autonomous, but interact within a complex care environment. The exhibition immerses visitors in an interactive environment and allows them to experience the current and prospective role of design for (health)care: now, as well as in the immediate and more distant future.

Professor Paul Chamberlain is a Professor of Design, Co-Director of C3RI at Sheffield Hallam University, Head of the Art & Design Research Centre and Co-Director of Lab4Living.

Claire Craig is Reader in Design and Creative Practice in Health in the Art & Design Research Centre (ADRC) and Co-Director of the interdisciplinary research group Lab4Living. Claire’s research focuses on the role of creative practices in improving quality of life and well-being for people living with dementia.

Photo above: Sander van Wettum.

 
Head Up

The neck support collar goes into production at partner healthcare company, Talarmade.

 
Exhibition in a Box

‘exhibition in a box’ is developed as a tool to engage communities in co-creative activities, informing much subsequent Lab4Living work.

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The White Building

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Towards a caring practice: reflections on arts-health practice

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Human Simulation

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Female Anatomy

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Prof Paul Chamberlain

Co-Director View Paul’s bio
 

Prof Peter Lloyd Jones

Professor of Design
 

Prof Claire Craig

Co-Director View Claire’s bio
Kaisu Koski 

Dr Kaisu Koski

Associate Professor of Art and Design

 

Dr Joseph Langley

Principal Research Fellow

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Micheal Tan Koon Boon 

Dr Micheal Koon Boon Tan

Associate Professor of Art and Design

 

Rebekah Di Maulo

Lab4Living Senior Administrator
 

Heath Reed

Principal Researcher

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Kirsty Christer

Communications and Events Director

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Julie Roe

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