Losing Myself is the first architectural design project to examine dementia by bringing together perspectives from neuroscience, anthropology, health, art and design. It was developed through research conversations with experts and a new method of drawing, demonstrating an informed and imaginative engagement with dementia.
A multi-media installation formed The Irish Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition while the open-access website www.losingmyself.ie compiles the authors’ design research and their recommendations, called ‘16 Lessons’, to put forward a holistic approach to creating dementia-friendly environments for all.
While most literature produced on dementia for architects focuses on ‘best practice’ guidance, Losing Myself encourages thought and debate across disciplines, expanding the capacity of built environment professionals to better understand and empathetically design for dementia and ageing. It also involves research into spatial cognition and a deeper comprehension of how mind, body and architecture interact as a whole.