Care, Bodies, Buildings and Cities

black and white photograph of an open terrace at the top of a building. It has a row of stretcher beds facing out to the view.Part of Care and Design: Bodies, Buildings, Cities, is now available on ResearchGate. The introductory chapter by Rob Imrie and Kim Kullman (editors) provides much food for thought. They suggest that care is a notion that should be considered from a societal perspective, not an activity in a separate environment. Hence designers, among others, are potential carers in the broader sense. Imrie and Kullman are interested in the intersection of design and care and “the ways in which the skills and sensibilities of caring can be expressed through design practice in order to enhance the conviviality and wellbeing among those who inhabit, and depend upon, cities.” The editors also discuss what makes good urban form, and how “urban objects and spaces are not necessarily sensitised to the diverse needs of bodies and collectives, thereby creating misfits that limit the caring potential of everyday environments.”

The book is published by Wiley, but the chapters can be accessed via ResearchGate. Understanding the notion of care from this broader perspective is another way of understanding universal design. It shows how universal design is an attitudinal concept and more than just resolving inclusion issues in the design process. 

Table of Contents

  1. Designing with care and caring with design. Rob Imrie and Kim Kullman
  2. Age-inclusive design: a challenge for kitchen living. Sheila Peace
  3. Curating space, choreographing care: the efficacy of the everyday. Daryl Martin
  4. ‘I don’t care about places’: the whereabouts of design in mental health care. Ola Söderström
  5. The sensory city: autism, design and care. Joyce Davidson and Victoria L. Henderson
  6. Configuring the caring city: ownership, healing, openness. Charlotte Bates, Rob Imrie, and Kim Kullman
  7. ‘Looking after things’: caring for sites of trauma in post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand. Jacky Bowring
  8. Empathy, design and care – intention, knowledge and intuition: the example of Alvar Aalto. Juhani Pallasmaa
  9. Architecture, place and the ‘care-full’ design of everyday life. Jos Boys
  10. Ageing, Care and the Practice of Urban Curating. Sophie Handler
  11. Caring through design: En torno a la silla and the ‘joint problem-making’ of technical aids. Tomás Sánchez Criado and Israel Rodriguez-Giralt
  12. Design and the art of care: engaging the more than human and less than inhuman. Michael Schillmeier
  13. Afterword: caring urban futures. Charlotte Bates and Kim Kullman