Now in its second year, Longevity By Design returns on November 1 with the design challenge theme FEELS LIKE HOME – drawing inspiration from recent global events.
Founded in 2020 by DMA Engineers and the University of Queensland Healthy Ageing Initiative, the 2020 event attracted more than 120 participants from 60 organisations to collaborate and create visionary and innovative designs to meet the needs of ageing Australians.
Residential aged care facilities in Australia and abroad have been disproportionately impacted by recent events, with this year’s event inviting designers, members of industry and progressive aged care providers to help create innovative designs to re-imagine aged care in a post-pandemic era.
According to co-founder Professor Laurie Buys from the University of Queensland, “teams will be challenged to consider controlling the spread of disease while maintaining a comfortable home environment, decreasing the barriers to connection with their own internal communities, as well as the external community, family, and friends during a quarantine event.”
“Teams will work on one of three real-world residential aged care facilities, which will be provided by our three industry partners: Fresh Hope Care, Southern Cross Care Queensland, and St Vincent’s Care Services. While the facility in its community and physical setting will provide a real-world context to the design challenge, the charrette is a theoretical challenge, and we encourage blue sky, innovative thinking for a longer-term.”
DMA Engineers Managing Director Russell Lamb says they’re expecting another sell-out event in 2021.
“After the success of the 2020 event, which saw more than 120 people come together to re-imagine the future of senior living for people in the Redlands, we’re confident this year’s very topical theme will attract fantastic support from people across our industry who all envision a different future for senior living design.”
Longevity by Design 2021 will be held at the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus on Monday 1 November 2021. Teams will then pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, including the three industry partners, at a free breakfast event at the Queensland Multicultural Centre in Kangaroo Point on Wednesday 10 November.
The event is supported by Queensland building company, Paynters.
Longevity by Design won the Research category in the 2020 Future of Ageing Awards – futureofageing.com.au