"Design for (every)one” is a Belgium based design and research project at the University College of West-Flanders (Howest). It aims to bridge the gap between inclusive design and personal manufacturing through a meta-design approach. Co-construction is applied as an incremental personalization process involving simultaneously design team members, patients and occupational therapists blending the boundaries of design time and use time. The use of expierence prototyping and low volume manufacturing techniques enable us to make products that are adaptive to skills and emergent challenges of unique disabled users.
Basically, this approach of community-based rehabilitation works in two ways, personalized assistive products are fitted to the users and users become fitted to their products. Reflective mechanisms such as stigmergic prototyping and emotional seeding are applied in practice-based contexts. The group aims to gain more knowledge on self-organzing design activities and the impact of self-made assistive artifacts build around daily meaningful occupations. By implementing this active engagement process disabled people and their carers become conscious actors in providing collaborative maintenance of their own physical, mental and social well-being.
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[ ACADEMIC ] : lieven.de.couvreur@howest.be
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[ INDUSTRY ] : bart.grimonprez@howest.be
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