Ageing Atlas initiated as BA thesis at KISD, TH-Köln under the supervision of Prof. Iris Utikal. It was a research and exhibition project about our ageing society. It
presented what it means to be old in two urban spaces from different cultures: Seoul, South Korea, and Cologne, Germany. Both societies are currently undergoing rapid demographic shifts. Never before have people lived longer than today. However, there is less attention paid to the consequences the longer lifespan brings to the meaning of old. Although aging is a natural process, what it means to be young or old varies in diverse cultures and also in the same society over time. Here is
how Ageing Atlas began: What do Koreans and Germans from the two ageing metropolitan areas associate with the term ‘old’ and what is it like to age in each
culture? The project AGEING ATLAS traces the experience in the city as elderlies as well as capturing how our perception of old age is socially constructed.
For a deeper insight, interviews and workshops were held with older citizens from both cities. The exhibition presented personal narratives of ageing and visualized
older adult's daily routines. It was structured with questions about ourselves getting old, generating a discussion about a topic that we tend to avoid: getting older.