Studio-L is a community design organisation based in Japan.
Our aim is to empower people from local communities to think, talk and realise their future through design. Since 2005 Studio-L has been involved with several projects which require civic participation and collaboration on park management, masterplan planning, revitalisation of the high streets, management of public facilities and system designs for social welfare and education. We collaborate with local authorities, central government and private companies to encourage civic engagement and participation in a variety of areas which relate to people’s needs and lives.
The ageing population of Japan is increasing at a fast pace, making it difficult to recruit enough care workers to keep up with the demand. One of the reasons why there is a shortage of carers, is because of the Japanese image and the perception of care-worker. This project was designed to change that.
The Design School of Care and Welfare has challenged participants to imagine their ideal life combined with their future. The participants were made up of care-workers, non-care workers, students, elderly people and family carers. They were set to work designing new products and services to help aid an ideal life, guided by professional designers. These designs were then exhibited in the Oi Oi Oiten Exhibition and managed to reach a sizeable audience.
8 workshops in 8 different areas
67 teams of people determined to change the future
Process to become a designer
Draw people’s attention to Care and Welfare
After the exhibition, the teams continued to update their projects. Some teams even managed to move on from the experimental phase.
Me and My dad’s dementia, is a card game that helps families to gain an understanding and what they can come to expect and experience from a family member in the early stages of dementia. In July 2020 this product become a great success as the sales continue to rise. These small steps would lead to the future of care and welfare.