Exploring sharing and communication practices in urban neighborhoods while considering the situation of elderly people.
The aim of this design research project was to explore new ways to facilitate communication, sharing of resources and to encourage practices of mutual help among residents in urban neighborhoods. Within this context, we focused on senior citizens as important actors in shaping the social fabric of urban neighborhoods and aim to explore their particular opportunities and potentials in cross-generational communities. In our research, information and communication technologies provide the tools to interlink the different local actors and to create sustainable synergies.
By following a participatory mindset, local residents were involved as experts of their everyday living contexts and as a potential source of social innovation. In Co-design sessions that were initiated with and among the residents, we aimed to co-create highly contextual and informed insights that promise to originate in innovative prototypes and scenarios of sustainable and intuitive sharing solutions.
The project team consisted of Jan Lindenberg, Stefan Göllner, Florian Sametinger, Jaclyn Le and Peter Conradie.