There is a growing awareness that the first members of the Baby Boom generation are reaching their 60s. This population serves as harbingers of a substantial increase in senior populations in most parts of the world. Architects and designers are beginning to think about innovative ways to house these seniors and enable them to continue their active and interactive social lives safely, comfortably, and independently in their homes and multigenerational communities. The homes and communities that a great majority of seniors prefer are the familiar ones where they have lived for many years, where they want to age in place. This often requires significant modifications to their apartments/houses, and the proximate availability of necessary amenities and services.
The British magazine Architectural Design devoted its March/April 2014 issue to a series of articles that explore various approaches to this issue. All speakers at this session are contributing authors to those articles and will present multiple approaches toward solutions. The AIANY Design for Aging Committee members (Maltz, Hunter, Cohen, Wright) will show varied examples currently being implemented in U.S. cities. Birks will talk about design proposals specifically applicable for resilience in times of disaster. Hollwich will advocate for a change in attitude toward aging, with examples of how this can be reflected in building design. Merkel will present a counterpoint, noting an even greater need for housing to accommodate younger adults and flexible design to serve all age groups. A discussion among the panelists and questions from the audience will follow, conducted by Castle.
Francesca Birks, AIA, Americas Lead, Arup Foresight + Research + Innovation Team
Matthias Hollwich, AIA, Principal, Hollwich Kushner, and Co-Founder, Architizer
Jayne Merkel, Architectural Historian, Critic, Author
Jerry Maltz, AIA, Co-Chair, AIANY Design for Aging Committee
Christine Hunter, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Magnusson Architecture & Planning
Eric Cohen, AIA, Senior Associate Principal, Ethelind Coblin Architect, Faculty, New York School of Interior Design
Susan Wright, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, IBI Group - Gruzen Samton Architects
Helen Castle, Executive Commissioning Editor, Architectural Design Magazine
Organized by: AIANY Design for Aging Committee