This semester we will research, think innovative ideas and propose specific architectural projects around the concept of longevity within contemporary life.
Current scientific advances foresee that the vast majority of humans born today will come to live a hundred years. According to the the Spanish Institute of Statistics (INE), life expectancy of the Spaniards, for a time one of the longest in the world, will continue to expand to the extent that in 2022 it will be 87 years old for women and 81.8 years for males; 2.5 and 1.9 years longer than current life expectancy. In 2022 will be 9.7 million people above 64 years, 1.5 more than now.
On the other hand, in large areas of the world, especially in Europe and Japan, aged groups, with growing vitality, are becoming predominant demographic groups. Given the new longevity, their needs and demands, in a way unknown, are a priority and an essential field of research for society in general.
It’s a huge challenge, because in the near future we will have to respond to a prolonged existence. This means that we have to reconsider the value of time, experience and memory, the accessibility, functionality and adaptation, diversity, integration and coexistence, and many other essential aspects of our current life forms.
This design studio seeks to anticipate the immediate future, thinking and projecting from the present, with a framework of reflection in contemporary reality.
To advance in this direction implies a certain optimism, since the challenge is to find exciting ways to bring the general attention and attraction of the youngest generations, in creating a social and cultural enthusiasm on how the recovery the interaction with the elder people which can improve both sides of the society. Longevity is ageless: it does not encompass a specific age but a whole life span.
We will also consider the discussion on how social interactions happen widely through virtual social networks where interactions are informal and nonphysical, where age is almost irrelevant. It is interesting to acknowledge this new reality that opens the possibility of a near future society that is structured by individual common interests and not so much by age sectors.