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Lost in Berlin

Part 2 Project 2019
Emily Daye
Manchester School of Architecture Manchester | UK
Lost in Berlin explores the physical manifestation of what it’s like for those living with dementia. 6 in 10 people with dementia will wander, thus why aren’t cities safe for those with dementia?

Using solely physical models, Lost in Berlin examines the effects of dementia in the first person, which has been captured into film. Through collaboration with a local dementia ward, the models were derived from multiple conversations with families, hospital staff and patients experiencing dementia.

The Berlin Institute of technology has a significant history in developing dementia research. In progression of Berlin’s contribution to dementia research, the models are an exploration of multiple Berlin sites. The sites throughout the film come from my time in the city, where I devised a system to become lost, to try and experience some of the effects of dementia. The sites explore the difficulties that those with dementia experience in Berlin such as; layers of paving, the Alexanderplatz tower, glass, textures, street patterns and colour.

The film concludes with a place which entices the idea, can cities help aid those with dementia?

Please take the time to watch the film, Lost in Berlin.

Emily Daye


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