International Student Poster Design Competition: “Age-friendly Living
Under the patronage of
Dr Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment,
Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
All students of art, design, visual communications and architecture are invited to submit poster designs for the International Student Poster Design Competition – Age-friendly Living 2016.
The competition invites contemporary artistic responses to the topic of age-appropriate and barrier-free design in the home with the aim of finding new visual approaches to communicating the issues.
Sinking birth rates, longer life expectancy and decreasing mortality rates are factors that have brought about significant demographic change. As the population grows older, the demand for housing that is able to respond to the needs of old age will increase steadily. The intention of the competition is to raise awareness and foster forward-looking, needs-oriented action in society.
Of all the rooms in a home, the bathroom is most vital for ensuring we can continue to live at home as we grow older. It is important for personal health and hygiene, and plays a central role in enabling the provision of care and assistance at home.
The political and social goal of prioritising care at home over inpatient nursing can only succeed if homes are better able to adapt to changing personal health needs. A key factor in this context is the upgrading of bathrooms and sanitary facilities into environments that we can continue to use safely as we grow older, and in which family members and professional carers can provide assistance when needed.
The age-friendly design of living environments also encompasses other areas such as the living room, bedroom, kitchen and entrance, as well as corridors, stairs, ramps, balconies and terraces. Preventative measures improve living comfort for everyone, and promote social inclusion by making living environments usable for all age groups. Removing barriers enables people to continue living in familiar surroundings for longer, minimises the risk of accidents and falls, and makes daily life more pleasant for people with different needs and abilities – whether frail and infirm, disabled, families with children, or outside carers.