Alicante SWAIP

SWAIP WORKSHOP on ARCHITECTURE

Alicante University / 4th - 8th March 2019

These are 10 short texts on the Alzheimer disease, Emotions and Cognitive studies. In the program that Javier Sánchez will send you shortly, you will find additional reading material on-line about specific projects like the program “Meet me at MoMA” , “Art and Culture as Therapy” and “Timeslips”.

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What was the most remarkable walking experience up a path-way in your life? 

How do you feel walking up or down a ramp blinded?

collaborators SWAIP workshop team.

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Memory evoker, social connector 

Traditionally, fireplace has been a place around which people met to share what fire offers: peace and serenity; as well as the thermal and light properties that make fire one of the very first elements of architecture in history. 

The essential characteristic that has been working with in SWAIP workshop, apart from what has been commented earlier, has been the memories atmosphere that goes around to this element. Fireplaces are a memory itself in the imaginary of almost every person, and, at the same time, are a potent memory evoker. 

As we say at the beginning of the point, one of the main social characteristics that fire has is that people meet around it –generally a group of people that know each other, like family members or friends- to share either the space because of the heat it generates, or experiences. 

So, during the workshop the group worked, on the one hand, with the memories-evoke-power fireplace has; on the other hand, the group has been working with the social connections that are crated around –or in- a fireplace. 

In the photographies of this page, we see part of the installation that was presented as result of the SWAIP workshop. This installation is about a hybrid space in which we see some of the interior of a fireplace; besides, the group tried to reconstruct fireplace as a social device in which, without fire, they establish a set of physical connection elements through which people that are inside of the installation are part of a jumble of memories and experiences which they share to the rest of the people. 

Besides, in order to provocke the submersion and to help memories come to our mind, one of the components of the gruop accompanied the experience with a smooth melody played with a Mbira. 

 FROM BED TO SUMMER 

SWAIP What a balcony actually is, is an orange. This image is part of the sketch/ models made during the SWAIP workshop week. 

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Transition between public and private space 

SWAIP Images of an improvised performance that consisted on representing each element by the body. So, every group had to performance the very essence, or one of the essences of the element. So, this is how a body-represented fireplace looks like.

TRANSITION MACHINE

Door is synonym of transition. That is exactly what the model represents, a set of transitional spaces that may turn a neutral space into a sum of different options that depend on the gate you take.

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PRESENTATION MANIFEST 

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1. We will relate with the reality through a frame. (because the CITY IS CONFUSING) 

2. Every view has a different soundtrack (EXPRESSION) 

3. We will dematerialize the frame itself by mirror and making the person a part of thememory. (ADDED 

QUALITIES of I & ME) 

4. Mirror as pieces; fragments, sentiments… They are not a whole (MEMORY AS A CONCEPT) 

5. We are constantly creating memories so why not involving people that see you in the street with that frame and let them create a memory out of this. (OBSERVER INCLUSION) from tabula rasa to memory (one side Mediterranean mirrored other side white blank mirrored frame). 

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Mild Cognitive Impairment and Mild Dementia: A Clinical Perspective

Mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia are common problems in the elderly. Primary care providers are the first point of contact for most patients with these disorders and should be familiar with their diagnosis, prognosis and management. Both mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia are characterized by objective evidence of cognitive impairment. The main distinctions between mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia are that in the latter, more than one cognitive domain is involved and substantial interference with daily life is evident. The diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia is based mainly on the history and cognitive examination. The prognosis for mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia is an important motivation for diagnosis, as in both, there is a heightened risk for further cognitive decline. The etiology of mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia can often be established through the clinical examination though imaging and other laboratory tests may also contribute. While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of both, cerebrovascular disease and Lewy Body disease make important contributions. Pharmacological treatments are of modest value in mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease, and there are no approved pharmacological treatments for mild cognitive impairment of any etiology. Nonetheless, new onset cognitive impairment is a worrisome symptom to patients and families that demands answers and advice. If a patient is having difficulties in managing independently medications, finances or transportation, diagnosis and intervention are necessary to ensure the health and safety of the patient.

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