An opportunity to influence the design of future kitchens for multigenerational living.
There is a clear emerging trend for Four Generational living and for multigenerational occupancy of kitchen spaces. This has been created by the perfect storm of: people living longer, property price inflation and younger adults staying at home longer (older children are often the providers).
This unprecedented socio-demographic trend presents some challenges, but also offers a great opportunity for innovation.
The National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) is facilitating the work of experts in the area (Prof. Peter Gore, Newcastle University and Johnny Grey, Johnny Grey Studios) to help design a kitchen that works for ‘everybody’.
They are interested in understanding the needs, as well as aspirations that potential users of multigenerational spaces may have from such kitchens. In particular, they are interested in finding out how to design a kitchen that:
Participants are required to have some experience of living in a multi-generational household.
This includes two, three, four or more generations.
This doesn't have to be your current, or longer term living arrangement. It can be an experience that you presently have, or have had in the past, somewhat regularly.
The facilitators would like to speak with people of a wide range of ages. Participants must be aged 11 or over.
They would also like to speak to people who use the kitchen for different activities such as reading, hosting guests, playing etc.
Participants will be asked to attend a workshop split over two days.
The first day will include presentations delivered by experts in the area to provide the background and context of the 4G kitchens project. The presentations will be followed by discussions.
On the second day participants will take part in group discussions and brainstorming sessions on 4G kitchens, focusing on uncovering needs, challenges, aspirations, etc. and coming up with ideas to address some of these issues.
Participants will be required to sign a document stating that you will maintain full confidentiality regarding the contents, and discussions that you witness, or participate in during the workshop.
The workshop will be held on the following dates and times:
The workshop will be held at St Andrews Church located at the junction of Sandyford Road and Grantham Road in Newcastle.