Ogawa Laboratory conducts research on the modeling of the interaction between architecture and people and the construction of architectural systems using these models in order to realize optimal spaces for both architecture and its users. Our efforts are positioned as a new field of research conducted in the combined fields of architectural engineering, housing, and welfare engineering.

Japan is an advanced super-aging society, and the world is now paying close attention to how we Japanese will tackle pressing issues such as the shortage of nursing care workers. Home medical care is already on the rise as a countermeasure to the nursing care workforce shortage. The places where medical care, nursing care, and rehabilitation are provided are expanding from hospitals to houses. In light of the fact that the number of these services will continue to increase, a system to realize a seamless transition from hospital to home medical care is required as a function of housing.

We, therefore, propose “wellness infill”, a new architectural system that can meet these housing needs, and aim to realize living spaces and environments that are optimized for the current condition of each resident. “Wellness Infill” consists of a health monitoring function that senses the daily activities of residents and an interactive design function that controls the optimal space according to the individual’s condition at a specific time. By sensing and modeling information on how people live and constructing “wellness infill”, we propose inclusive designs that not only support the independence of physically disabled people in their daily lives but also enable healthy people to improve their lifestyles from the perspective of preventive medicine.




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