Forget Me Not
Mengyong Jiang Supervisor: Ian Nazareth
â€˜Forget me notâ€™ is about dementia and its relation to the architecture of care environments and the city, concerning both mental and physical aspects. The worldâ€™s elderly people are increasing and with this comes an increase in the proportion of degenerative diseases and mental illness. The question of how to accommodate the elderly and frail has become increasingly crucial in all societies. This project explores the nature of the disease and the way in which occupational therapy and treatment theory has influenced the design of dementia facilities. The process of exploration considers some ways in which elements of theory can be integrated into design to create an environment that mitigates disorientations in time and place, and that reduces the personal impacts of dementia. The selection of suitable sites has influenced by the idea of a type of therapy known as Reality Orientation(RO), and by the importance in current theory of maintaining a relationship between dementia sufferers and real-life context. Consequently, the architectural focus of this project has become engaged with a design program that proposes the integration of a care facility for dementia patients in urban locations.