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Estelle GUERRY’s Thesis Defense

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Estelle GUERRY’s thesis defense, intitled "La couleur dans l’environnement visuel : perception(s), lecture(s), interprétation(s) et impact(s) sur l’usager âgé.De l’approche de l’ingénieur lumière (science et technologies des systèmes d’éclairage) et du designer-coloriste (arts-appliqués, design)" (Color in the Visual Environment : Perception(s), Reading(s), Interpretation(s) and Impact(s) on the Elderly User.from the Approach of the Lighting Engineer (Science and Technology of Lighting Systems) and the Designer-Colorist (Applied Arts, Design)) will be taking place on Wednesday, March 16th 2022 at 2:00 pm in Salle des Colloques at Université Paul Sabatier.

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Jury :
Mr Georges Zissis,
Mme Céline Caumon,
Mme Elodie Bécheras,
Mr Christian Corbé,
Mme Véronique Perruchon,
Mr Marc Fontoynont
Mr Jean-Louis Izbicki

Abstract :
Old age displeased Robert Louis Stevenson, "the most painful thing when you get old is to feel young[1]." Youth is to continue to feel young despite growing age. All this energy, accompanied by so many possibilities. It opens up to us but eventually, inexorably, escapes us with age. But why should we resign ourselves to enduring our old age rather than welcoming it, with its consequences and the new needs which accompany it ?
In the context of an aging population, it is interesting to question the existing and future possibilities, which allow and will allow our seniors to better live their aging. One of the challenges of our 21st century is aging well. It therefore seems that maintaining their ability to conduct their daily activities is a major lever for taking care of their quality of life ; for quality aging you could say. Thus, compensating for the loss of autonomy of the elderly concerned can in particular result in the design of environments adapted to the pathologies of aging, which can become disabling. Color and light are therefore of particular importance to provide an efficient visual environment. The analysis of their needs and desires thus makes it possible to regain their autonomy. Advocating a non-drug, user-centered approach, a new concept of color design and lighting science works for the elderly.It was above all a question of understanding the functioning of each discipline concerned in order to crystallize new knowledge around this rich collaboration. This thus allows the outlines of a new design method to emerge, itself outlining the founding principles of what should be a caring environment for the elderly, and more broadly applicable for all of us. This systemic approach then becomes the engine of a social innovation co-designed and breaking with the current methods of caring.