8. November 2019
How can we co-design our surroundings to alleviate Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

Denmark is known for being one of the happiest countries in the world, but many dread the Danish winters characterized by endless shades of grey and short, dark days. In the small country of Denmark, one out of 10 is affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
This can result in decreased productivity during working hours, decreased creativity and quality of life, a general feeling of unhappiness and lack of control over one’s own life. Further consequences may be increased use of antidepressants, an increase in sick days, and strain on the healthcare system.

LIWE is a design-driven approach to understanding human behavior and the triggers for SAD in our surroundings, such as our homes and cities. By mapping the human experience, we can challenge our assumptions, understand the actual needs and drivers for behavior, and develop solutions that will create true impact for citizens and society.

The first step is a 2-day workshop, where we will gather relevant stakeholders to examine the relationship between light and SAD, and create innovative ideas for how to modify buildings and the urban setting, new products or services to alleviate this seasonal affliction.

The ideas can evolve from a wide range of perspectives, e.g. architectural, mechanical, digital or economic.

LIWE is a collaboration with MoreFuture A/S and the Danish Society of Engineers, IDA.