Wow, what an amazing lecture lead by Patricia Moore in her pursuit to educate the pubic of the importance of empathic design. Her focus on this design concept was to create for the ability factor of all individuals rather than keeping your own personal agenda in mind. This concept ignited inspiration for my own future home. As a designer, I’ve found it second nature to pick apart the performance of a product or element of construction. I began to reevaluate the structure of my tiny home concept. Why not invest upfront all the elements that will make this home comfortable for others and me in all walks of life? After all, it would be less work and energy exerted in the future. With careful planning I will be able to create a home suitable for a 25 year old single individual, one with a child, a pet, cater to a busy person at age 40, low maintenance at age 74, and able at age 95.
I began with the most challenging part of my 192 sq. ft. structure, the upper floor. How on earth will I feel going up a ladder at 74? I imagined I wouldn’t make too many trips for a comfy nap in bed, which would make me a grumpy old woman. I certainly don’t think I would risk the force of gravity going up against a ladder at 95!
How about stairs? I thought stairs would actually give me quite a bit of comfort in my old age or young with children and then I quickly remembered the grunting of my 63 year old grandmother as she shuffles her feet one by one up and down the stairs. I see less of my grandmother puttering through the house as she likes to do, merely because the chore of maneuvering about the stairs is too painful for her.
Now that the concept of stairs was out of my design, I began to panic. How could I maximize on space while still catering to the needs of all? An elevator came to mind but that would be too difficult to engineer in such a small space. I searched the web on patient moving techniques in hospitals and found the Guldmann ceiling lift system. This system would provide the following:
- Reliability – with built-in power sources and rapid, effective recharging
- Comfort – smooth starts and stops, as well as near-silent gliding movement
- Low cost of ownership – notably low operating costs, maintenance expenditure and energy consumption
- Responsiveness – always-on availability, prompt reaction times and dual-speed features
- Safety – sophisticated built-in safety systems, including emergency stop and lowering
- Ease of use – ergonomically correct control units that are comfortable and intuitive to use