Project: The Revival - Knowledge Exchange, Bowden, Gasworks, South Australia, 2016
The current society that we live in is faced with ever changing technology and attitudes that have caused a tear between multi-generational relationships and interactions which once we placed as importance in society. Placing importance back on this interaction and relationship can attempt once give purpose to the elderly in society and create a society that embraces cohesion.
Every individual in society brings with them a different mindset, experiences and range of knowledge that’s applicable to any given situation, learning and thriving from these interactions could aim to change stigmas and attitudes of the younger generations to perceive the elderly as a commodity or “elder” in society allowing for a future of positive change.
Currently we are faced with the elderly generation moving away from the CBD further from amenity and health care, due to the increasing living prices and stigma of the city. In order to care for our elderly, we need bring them to closer to these facilities, in order to increase the quality of their life’s. Using knowledge as a currency through artisan trade skills provides education benefits to the younger generations and themselves whilst allowing them to thrive in a high economic time. Teaching these trade skills provide the younger generations with particular skills sets that could allow them employment in an economy where jobs are not prevalent through the demand of high quality products.
Bowden present a large pocket of the elderly in the upper corner of the site showing the current disconnection of them from society and amenity with the Knowledge Exchange attempt to recoil this. Although the site offers a range of positive outlooks through connections back to the Torrens and city amenities from previous propositions such as road dieting and the train line allowing the building to become more than just community use, bring a wider range of knowledge. It also offers the ability to connect to the surrounding learning facilities that exist and create a connected network of knowledge.
The processes of recording observational learning and then archiving and distributing it attempts to blur the boundaries between modes of knowledge, between analogue and digital much like the skills sets that that each generation brings and can the two work simultaneously to create an outcome that improves learning for future generations whilst creating social inclusion.