DEAR Onlus

DEAR — Design Around is a NPO focused on the humanization of hospital environments, and of pediatric departments in particular.

DEAR — Design Around is a NPO focused on the humanization of hospital environments, and of pediatric departments in particular.

DEAR - Design Around Onlus is a no-profit organization engaged in humanization of cure-care spaces through projects that deal with creative disciplines and contemporary languages.

DEAR is Design Around because the projects are built on a human-environment relationship, imagining spaces and moments of relationship inside structures, creating bridges towards the outside beyond the everyday routine forced by the disease. The name reflects the double soul of the organization, which operates taking into account the emotional sphere, the psychophysical well-being and hospitality without forgetting the technical aspects which are the result of a rigorous research and conscious of the addressee's peculiarities.  

DEAR is an incubator of multidisciplinary projects from architecture to design, from visual arts to digital.

An important role in DEAR’s proposal is played by laboratories, based on active didactics which are able to balance the technical and manual aspects with the recreational part. 

Laboratories are important moments of socialization and they represent an answer to the time issue, where time is perceived as more dilated compared with normal everyday rhythm. In pediatric spaces, workshops offer the possibility to increase children’s education and acquire knowledge and methods which are not part of a traditional school approach.  

The aim is to develop a planning method creating the guidelines for a replicable project through the monitoring of activities and data.

Humanization is a complex topic which requires the engagement of different experts for each of the project’s goals. DEAR is a network between professionals from different backgrounds - art, architecture, design, technology, anthropology, medicine, psychology- who believe in the cure-care practice through an active listening of patients’ needs and in a experimental planning approach built on a wide network of shared knowledges.

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DEAR Onlus is based in Italy and has been running since Jan 2016

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