November 29, 2018
HDL Newsletter — Nov 2018
Written by nadia
We are revamping our newsletter to give the broader community updates on projects we are working on, a glimpse into what students and alumni are up to, links to relevant articles and upcoming events, as well as insights into what Design Research at the Health Design Lab really looks like!
Avenues of Change — Squamish
From May – October 2018, the Health Design Lab worked with United Way of the Lower Mainland and the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) on the second phase of the Squamish Avenues of Change project, which aimed to address the rise in childhood vulnerability in some areas of Squamish.
The goal of this project phase was to engage stakeholders in Squamish using a human-centred design approach to gather insights from families in Squamish, including Squamish Nation, to identify opportunities to improve community and neighbourhood supports for children and families.
Nicole, 4th year Industrial Design Major
“I was really inspired by the Indigenous methodologies that we used, like the talking circle and working side by side with the Nation. I’m definitely taking what I learned with HDL and applying it. HDL gave me great experience to feel comfortable going into a professional setting after graduation, taking what I learned and applying it to a different atmosphere.”
Eirikka, Planner — Community Impact & Investment, United Way of the Lower Mainland
“Squamish is really excited about the opportunity to do things differently, and they were really excited about the design methods. The activities that the Health Design Lab put together really honoured Indigenous way of doing things. The team was equipped with the tools they needed and they just let the sessions flow at the pace of the people in the room.”
We’re ending 2018 at full-speed, having started four new projects this term:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: Culture of Care
- BC Women’s Hospital: New Program for Mature Women
- UBC Research Cluster: Frail Young
- BC Centre for Disease Control: Healthy Built Environments
Visiting Scholar from New Zealand
Steve Reay, a Professor at the School of Art + Design, in Auckland, joined us on Nov. 20 to speak about his experiences with establishing a hospital design laband working in healthcare, as well as the opportunities that have come from it.
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