Welcome to the DWELL Project
The DWELL (Designing for Well-being in Environments for Later Life) project was a multi-disciplinary design research project at the University of Sheffield.
Involving Sheffield residents
During the first year, DWELL used interviews and focus group discussions to explore the issues facing older residents and communities in Sheffield. We then invited residents to join one of our co-design groups, which each tackled a different aspect of Age-friendly housing and neighbourhoods.
Our neighbourhood-based groups (in Dore, Sharrow and Parson Cross / Foxhill) explored issues of how their local environment could be improved for older residents and others. Meanwhile, our citywide group focused on the existing shortage of options for ‘downsizers’, and worked with us to develop a range of new housing typologies.
Further details of the DWELL research and co-design process can be found on our findings page.
Policy and practice
The project team collaborated closely with Sheffield City Council to examine current policy and practice relating to the planning, commissioning and management of housing for an ageing population.
Over the course of the project, DWELL designers and researchers have contributed to the development and evaluation of ongoing projects the the Council and their partners, including the design of specialist housing and accessible public realm.
Working alongside Council officers, DWELL researchers provided part of the evidence base to support the development of Local Plan policy options related to older person’s housing. DWELL were also involved in providing evidence for the draft Older Person’s Independent Living Strategy in 2016.
Funding and outputs
The DWELL project is part of the ‘Design for Well-being’ programme under the cross-council Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW) initiative, supported research addressing factors throughout life that influenced health and well-being in older age.. This research programme was funded by three research councils: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
All of the outputs from the DWELL research project published to date are in the public domain and can be found on our findings page. Further research papers are planned for publication in 2017, and will be added to this page once published.