The Health and Wellbeing Architecture Summer Intensive offers graduate students, doctoral students, practicing architects, healthcare planners, healthcare practitioners and international guests an opportunity to come together and deepen their competencies in the field of design for health and wellbeing.
Led by professor Laura Arpiainen, the August 2020 Intensive will center on learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants can work on their individual projects or generate a project in a team. International participants are encouraged to bring project ideas from their respective countries.
This highly interactive and interdisciplinary class is completed 100% online (updated June 25).
Aalto students get credit for the intensive (which includes a pre-class assignment and a post-session reflection paper), other participants are offered a Certificate of Attendance.
The purpose of the course is to offer a broad cross-section of ideas, observations, challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID 19 pandemic. Students are offered freedom of choice on which perspective they wish to approach the topic through.
Some possibilities include:
Healthcare – how do we design for this type of surge capacity? How can acute care facilities cope and adapt? How can community and outpatient services continue in the safest ways? How can we support good mental health during pandemics?
Housing – how can our homes adapt to all these unexpected new needs? Living? Working? Running a school? Being sick at? How does multi-locality change things?
Urban Health – what changes are taking place with air quality? Transit? Safety? Access to nature? Age friendliness? How can urban planning account for unexpected needs?
Residential Care – what has happened in care homes? How can we prevent it ever happening again?? How should we house seniors? Would multi-generational solutions work better?
Global issues – what are the repercussions of broken production chains? How can we alleviate flash poverty? Do we understand the warnings of famine and mass displacement?
Work Environments – what are future offices going to look like? Will there be offices at all? Where and how will people work?
The learning objectives of this one-week intensive include:
critical thinking and action-oriented attitude
tackling complex, multifaceted problems
understanding failures as opportunities for big progress
creating an individual project in a selected focus area
raising awareness and pandemic preparedness competencies individually, collectively and globally.
Confirmed lecturers include: Tye Farrow (Canada), Reid Ewing (USA), Salla Korpela (Finland) and Lauri Järvilehto (Finland).
Mon Aug 10: 10 am – 5 pm
Tue Aug 11: 10 am – 5 pm
Wed Aug 12: 10 am – 5 pm
Thu Aug 13: 10 am – 2 pm
Fri Aug 14: 10 am – 2 pm presentations
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Non-Aalto Students: 950€