DIP2017: Presenting New Possibilities from Limitations (Primary Workshop) (TH/EN)

The outcomes of the projects under the Designing Impact Program 2017, aimed at raising awareness and finding solutions for issues of an aging population, have resulted in innovations driving the society forward. From the first day that the four teams participated in this program to the Final Review, their ideas developed through the incubation process are presented to the juries, facilitators and ChangeFusion as our guest specialist on the 21st December 2017’s presentation.

The team set up an online matching system that matches tenants with homeowners based on their interests and lifestyles. They suggested home space to foster the relationships between the inhabitants, covering areas such as dining room, bathroom, washroom, garden, library, and fitness room, which can be adjusted into both common and private spaces. Co-Habit designed four areas: kitchen, bathroom, library, and interactive wall, as common spaces with shared utilities such as water, electricity, and the internet. The system works with a detached house, townhouse, and home extension. Consultation is provided to homeowners who want to extend or renovate their houses to optimize space utilization. Moreover, Co-Habit provides technical and operational assistance such as repairing broken home objects and fixing utilities.

The matching algorithm looks at personal information, including age, occupation, status, interest, and lifestyle to produce accurate results. Tenants include those looking for a place to live and those looking for a place to work. They may be young people who need space while being open to new things they can learn from older adults whom they share and live with. This online system can be further developed and put it into action not only in Thailand but across the globe.

Recommendation

  • While it is good to foster interactions between people from different generations, the team was cautioned about the fine line between personal and general space in cohabitation. In Thailand, the idea of how to use public space or cohabitation is not widely understood, as it would be in other countries. This project has the potential to create a new perspective or perception of utilizing public space for Thai people.
  • The design must be inclusive to make it clear that it is for everyone, not just for the elderly. It can shape the society to become an inclusive community, helping people from all walks of lives to live together in harmony.
  • Cohabitation should be carried out with an understanding of predetermined conditions. Not to force interactions 24 hours, choices should be present for the inhabitants. For example, when someone is using the common area, there should be a system to alert that the room is in use. This can be in the form of an ‘available’ sign.
  • The strength of this project is its economic impact. Sharing a place means reduced costs for each inhabitant. For example, the inhabitants can split garden expenses, allowing more money to be spent on other things. Other benefits include housesitting and sharing food recipes.
  • In the initial phase, the team should improve the online system to be credible and reliable before developing the physical components of the project.

Read DIP2017: Presenting New Possibilities from Limitations (Nothing 2 Lose, Only 2 Gain) here

Read DIP2017: Presenting New Possibilities from Limitations (Sintorn7) here

Read DIP2017: Presenting New Possibilities from Limitations (iWill Project) here


 

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