This Floor Plan Changes to Show the Struggle of Memory Loss

By: Riley von Niessen - Jun 1, 2016
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NĂ­all Mclaughlin and Yeoryia Manolopoulou of 'Irish Pavilion' designed an enormous projected drawing machine at the 2016 Venice Biennale for Alzheimer's awareness.

Titled 'Losing Myself,' the project works to show spectators what living with dementia is like, by depicting how someone with the disease would experience the building itself. Projected onto the floor from the machine are the floor plans for a building in Dublin for people with Alzheimer's. The plans are changed based on a timer built into the device, redrawing the floor plans to simulate the experience of confusion and feelings of instability.

As the company explains, "The condition erodes the ability to plan and to remember. It becomes gradually harder to situate yourself and to navigate your way in the world: two capacities central to the experience of architecture." With this in mind, the Alzheimer's awareness exhibit works to show the designer's experience in creating architecture for people suffering with dementia and make clear the difficulty in living with the condition.

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