Name, first nameStefan ZahlerYear of birth1982UniversityZHDKField of Interest / research fieldService DesignTitle of projectFrom agility to fragility to agilityAbstractIn the next decades the demographic shift leads to an aging population. In Switzerland the group of people in the fourth stage of life (aged 80 and over) is going to be doubled from 4.9% in 2010 to 12.7% in 2050. Therefore the oldest old are the fastest growing age segment.
For being able to live independently and self-sufficient in your apartment and keep participating in society once you’ve reached the old age, the environment and society needs to be adjusted for it.
In my master thesis I investigate the living environment of fragile people in the fourth stage of life, since I want to find out, what psychological and physical inhibition levels restrict their participation in social life and to show how solutions for overcoming them may derive from participatory design processes.
The results will show an exemplary design intervention and insights on methods and tools for the data collection and on the design process.
TutorsAnnina Gähwiler, Francis Müller, Christoph Müller