Lab4Living is an exciting collaboration between the Art and Design and Health and Social Care Research Centres at Sheffield Hallam University and users, consumers or customers.
This creative partnership brings together research expertise spanning the fields of health, rehabilitation, design, engineering, ergonomics and user led design.
The Lab4Living has a core team of inter-disciplinary researchers and ‘end users’. Researchers come from gerontology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, design, social research, engineering and industrial design. For many projects they also recruit associate specialists from fields outside of their direct expertise plus wider groups of users, consumers and people from diverse, general and specialist demographic groups to work on research and co-design.
Lab4living aims to develop environments and propose creative strategies for future living in which people of all ages and abilities ‘not merely survive’ but are enabled and empowered to live with dignity, independence and fulfilment. Their approach adopts a holistic, human-centred approach rather than focussing solely on medical or social care provision.
The overarching focus of Lab4Living is to put the ‘human’ at the heart of ‘human centred research’.
To find out more about Lab4Living and read about past and present projects follow the link to their website: http://www.lab4living.org.uk/