Design for Aging
By Brian Pape
A forum dedicated to the needs of the aging population in an urban environment, by exploring design issues, developing universal design recommendations, increasing public awareness, and educating professionals in various fields of those needs, to create a more age-friendly City.
Christine Hunter, AIA; Principal, Magnusson Architecture & Planning
phone: 212 253 7820 x5680; email: email@example.com
Brian J. Pape, AIA, LEED-AP; Principal, Brian J. Pape Architect & Consultant PC
phone: 917-334-3293; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Dates and Locations
Proposed Committee Meeting Dates for 2016, all held at AIANY Center for Architecture, Silman Room at 6pm, unless noted otherwise: 1/28; 2/25; 3/24; 4/28; 5/26; 6/23; 7/28; 8/25; 9/22; 10/27; 11/17; 12/15.
We invite speakers on pertinent topics to give brief talks to start our regular meetings. Recent examples are: On April 28, Cathey Billian, DFA Committee Member and Professor of Art and Design at Pratt Institute, presented the work of Billian Studio, which focuses on environmental structures and the human experience of nature. Artists, she feels, can deepen the visitor’s perceptual experience of nature through unique interpretations of - and in - the surroundings; she has created many projects in national parks that celebrate a river, visually enhance a walk on a bridge, and so on.
On May 26, Karen Kubey, architect, who has managed the Advisory Committee for the Aging in Place Guide, and edited its content, updated us on its progress.
During our June 23rd meeting, a colleague of Committee Member Meenakshi Varandani, Bulbul Mankani, who has worked with a leading Senior Housing Development Team in India (Ashiana Group), presented recent work in India.
The Archive of previous years' events are included after the DFA References and Links Sections of the site.
For your information, we've added minutes from regular meetings, at the very bottom of this webpage.
Reports of 2016 activities involving members and activities with our DFA members.
DFA event in Tafel Hall on 9/15: The Launch of the Aging in Place Guide, and a presentation of Enterprise Aging in Place Principles, in collaboration with Enterprise, AARP, and DFTA. Christine moderated the panel presentations and discussion to a full house.
DFA has been awarded a VP Citation for our work on the Aging in Place Guide.
May 31, 2016: Connecting research and age-friendly design.
Research is happening at multiple scales and in different arenas on the topic of designing for the aging population, from promoting individual health and well-being to understanding what constitutes a supportive community for seniors. This panel explored how academic and independent research produces knowledge that can be utilized by designers so that environments can be created in an age-friendly manner. Joint sponsored by Design for Aging and Social Science Research and Architecture Committees.
Our sub-committee is working with NYCHA Amsterdam Houses to re-design their lobby for better amenities; click here to learn more.
Mayor de Blasio comes to the Town Hall meeting on Senior Housing, January 27, 2016; click here. Held at Lincoln Square neighborhood center.
L to right
Margarita Curet, president of Amsterdam Houses Residents Association; Herbert Oppenheimer, AIA Design for Aging Committee; Gail Ressler, AIA Design for Aging Committee; Mayor Bill deBlasio.
Documents of Reference by AIANY DFA Committee
An article in Co.Design by Meg Miller reports on the Aging-in-Place Guide launched by DFA and the DFTA, as noted in Events. Click the link to read the story: www.fastcodesign.com/3063869
The two documents below were written by members of the Design for Aging Committee in May 2011, aiming to increase awareness about possibilities for making design & construction of the physical environment more age-friendly, specifically for seniors, but also for people in all age groups.
The goal of this sub-committee is to develop innovative affordable housing designs that offer improved possibilities for urban senior living, through a day-long charrette and an architectural competition, on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Center for Architecture.
The aim of the Charrette, BOOMING BOROUGHS: Redesigning Aging-in-Place in NYC, is to develop innovative urban housing models for senios households that are socially and economically viable and sustainable.
The article Aging In Place: There's No Place Like Home was written by two members of the AIANY DFA Committee, Jerry Maltz and Christine Hunter; it originally appeared in Oculus, Winter 2012 issue, the quarterly magazine of the AIANY Chapter.
This is a link to an article in ICON, the magazine of the American Society of Interior Designers. Christine Hunter was interviewed by the author. It has some interesting comments on the strengths and sensitivities of interior designers (as compared to architects) especially with regard to creating multi-sensory age-friendly interior environments.
AIA Platform Statement to encourage candidates for Mayor of NYC to think about ways to improve the urban environment for our growing senior population.
On May 28, 2013 several members of the AIANY DFA Committee spoke at the NY Public Library, 42nd Street Central Building, about Design for a Lifetime: Preparing Your Home for Successful Aging. A video of the event is available at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL6gs3aZKBapSVTOXEYaqjiQZW4HO-4me
Age-friendly Colleges Age-friendly New York City, a joint venture of the Office of the Mayor, the City Council and the New York Academy of Medicine, produces a free service for older adults. "Age-Friendly NYC College Link," an online, searchable database of educational opportunities available at the New York City-area colleges and universities.
Age-Friendly NYC: Enhancing Our City's Livability for Older New Yorkers, a report published by the NY Academy of Medicine and the Bloomberg Administration, August 2009
Links of Interest for the DFA Community
The City Dept. of Design and Construction issued the new Guiding Priciples in March 2016. These Principles aim at improving the urban experience for NYC citizens of all ages and abilities.
The publication will directly support DDC’s Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 program, which delivers innovative and enduring public buildings and infrastructure through partnerships with renowned design and construction professionals.
Habitat Magazine's article on Aging in Place has interesting news; click here to read the article.
Evidence Matters, the entire Fall 2013 issue, published by HUD Office of Policy Development & Research is devoted to Aging in Place
5 Good Things About Aging, article in Consumer Report 'onHealth', May 2013
Low-Rise High Density Housing, Architizer magazine article
Transforming Aging Through Healthier Design, 10 page summary of a panel discussion that occured on November 2012
Environmental Geriatrics Course: Improving Function & Safety, originally presented at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.
Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design,a report published by the AIA DFA Knowledge Community.
Creating Lifelong Communities in the Atlanta Region, an article from the American Architectural Foundation (AAF), about a 9-day charrette sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).
Universal Design Summit: Creating Livable Homes & Communities - a conference on May 6-9, 2013 in St. Louis, MO
Housing in America: The Baby Boomers Turn 65 - a new publication from the Urban Land Istitute (ULI) explores opportunities and chalenges in housing the nations's older citizens
Report on Design for Aging Forum held in February 2012 by the American Architectural Foundation (AAF)
Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros Talks about Aging in Place - article in the Washington Post, August 13, 2012
Creating a Virtual Integrated Village (VIV) - talk by Professor Dennis Domer, University of Kansas
adAPT Competition to design a micro-unit of approximately 300 square feet of living space in NYC, aimed at housing singles.
Public Housing in Vienna Traveling exhibition to examine unparalleled architecture of Viennese public housing.
The AIA Continuing Education team is offering archived courses from the AIA Conventions; and more than 30 Learning Units from AIA's existing course catalog. Many of the courses qualify for HSW credit in topics like ADA and design for aging.
Best Cities for Successful Aging- a new report by the Milken Institute ranking 359 metro areas in the U.S.; New York was #5
Living Fully: Resources for Aging Well in the City - A Manhattan guide for seniors published in 2013 by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer
Archive of Events/ Previous Years
2015 Public Events
December 10, 2015: Universal Kitchen and Bath Design for Health and Longevity; Speaker: Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, CAPS, President of Mary Jo Peterson, Inc., Brookfield, CT
The perspective of this program on Universal Design emphasizes elements really wanted in the home, particularly in the bathroom and kitchen. Universal design should be an inherent part of all residential projects, certainly with respect for the aging process, but more with respect for the differences among us. With the goal being motivation towards a healthy and independent lifestyle, this program will consider trends that are driving universal design and some of the concepts and products that are supportive of the health and longevity that our clients and our society are seeking. General Trends;Design Trends; Kitchen Concepts and Products; Bath Concepts and Products; Case Studies. Location: Hafele America Co.
Nov. 12, 2015: a full day seminar on "Extreme Heat", a topic of interest for the Design for Aging Committee, in collaboration with the Design for Risk and Reconstruction. Click here for more information.
Nov. 19, 2015: Virginia Tech FutureHAUS: Smart Architecture for People of All Ages. Speaker: Joseph H. Wheeler, AIA, Co-Director Center for Design Research, Virginia Tech
The Virginia Tech FutureHAUS is a working prototype of the Virginia Tech, Center for Design Research, which proposes an innovative new approach to the way we construct buildings. By embracing the multiple benefits of prefabrication, a home can now be created faster, for less money and resulting in less waste, while responding better to the diverse needs of all potential residents. Precision manufacturing, flexible use space planning, an advanced passive energy scheme, and smart home technologies empowering the emerging benefits of the “Internet of Things”all merge to provide comfortable and sustainable housing in a small footprint. The presenter highlighted the innovative and award winning FutureHAUS prototype, its innovative modular construction process and its integrated smart technologies. He then proposed how we can implement these concepts to better design for communities and their aging residential needs. At the end of the presentation, a discussion about the challenges and seeming contradictions of using technology for assisting the elderly was held. Location: Hafele America Co.
Oct. 6, 2015: AGING IN PLACE IN NYC: A Community-Based Prototype for 60 Amsterdam Avenue; Event in Tafel Hall, AIANY CFA; Moderator: David Burney
How can our existing multi-family buildings be improved and upgraded to accommodate growing numbers of senior residents? This panel addressed the inter-relationship between housing and health issues, the problems of social and physical isolation, and the need for an evolving range of services that residents may require with increasing age and fragility. A prototype for the ground floor renovation of a 13-story NYCHA building is being developed through collaboration between the Amsterdam Houses Residents’ Association, the NYC Housing Authority, and the Chapter’s Design for Aging Committee, with help from local public officials. The challenges and progress of this initiative and the wider applicability of its approach were the evening’s focus.
- Introduction of Public Officials and AHRA President; Remarks by Invited Public Officials:
- Manhattan BP – Gale Brewer
- Council Member – Helen Rosenthal; Remarks by Margarita Curet, President of Amsterdam Houses Residents’ Association; Panelist 1 – Lindsay Goldman (NYAM) – Panelist 2 – Bruce Eisenberg (NYCHA) Panelists 3 & 4 – Gail Ressler & Christine Hunter (DFA Committee)
June 11th, 2015: Housing for NYC Seniors: Evolving Programs and Regulations; Speakers: Clair Hilger, Director, Housing Office, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens (on behalf of LiveOn NY) Ray Hodges, Director of Planning and Development, Division of Special Needs Housing, NYC Dept of Housing, Preservation and Development Stacy Passmore, AICP, LEED AP, Project Manager, Housing, Economic and Infrastructure Planning, Dept of City Planning Moderator: Evelyn Wolff, Director of Housing Development, Selfhelp Community Services; at Tafel Hall, CFA
Over the next 25 years, the number of New York City residents over age 65 is projected to grow by 40%. As more of us live longer, the increase in the number of frail elderly, primarily those over 85, will be even greater. There is a critical need for new and renovated housing to accommodate our seniors, as well as for services to those “aging in place” in their current apartments. To address this growing demand, changes to the City’s Zoning Resolution that would facilitate the creation of more affordable senior housing are currently being considered. In addition, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has rolled out new senior housing funding programs, which used to be funded at the Federal level. In this session panelists explained these evolving programs and regulations, and address specific issues, such as parking requirements, that have limited new development in the past.
2014 Public EventsOctober 8, 2014 -- Co-Housing & Micro-Units as Potential Senior Housing Alternatives
Francesca Birks, AIA; Americas Lead, Arup Foresight + Research + Innovation Team
2013 Public Events
2012 Public Events
April 25, 2012 -- From Plans to Practice: Best Practices in Accessible Design and Construction in Affordable Housing New York City
Peter Stratton; Senior Vice President, Director of Accessibility Compliance and Consulting, Steven Winter Associates
Mark Ginsberg, FAIA; Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg, Architects
April 18, 2012 -- Aging in Place in the City: Environments for Affordable Care and Support
Joseph Healy Jr. PhD; C.O.O., Comprehensive Care Management, Centerlight Health Care,
Stacey Johnston, M.P.A.; Director of Key Initiatives, Centerlight Health Care
Frank Lang; Director of Housing, St. Nicks Alliance
Georgeen Theodore, AIA; Principal, Interboro Partners
Christine Hunter, AIA; Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning
January 19, 2012 -- The Evolution of Existing Models for Senior Housing and Care in NYC
Judith Edelman, FAIA; Principal, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects
Andrew Knox, AIA; Principal, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects
Peter Samton, FAIA; Principal, Gruzen Samton Architects Planners & Interior Designers
Susan Wright, AIA; Principal, Gruzen Samton Architects Planners & Interior Designers
David Weinstein, MHSA, LNH; Executive VP & CEO, Hebrew Home for the Aged
Christine Hunter, AIA; Principal, Magnusson Architecture & Planning
2011 Public Events
October 18, 2011 -- NYC Council Priorities for an Age-Friendly NYC
Jessica Lappin, NYC Councilwoman; Chair, NYC Council Committee on Aging
June 28, 2011 -- Aging-in-Place...(aren't we all?)
Eric Cohen, AIA, NCIDQ
Rosemary Bakker, ASID, MS
Ellen Fisher, ASID, Interim Dean, New York School of Interior Design
April 5, 2011 -- Towards an Age-Friendly New York City: An Overview
Ruth Finkelstein, ScD; Vice President for Health Policy, New York Academy of Medicine;
January 13, 2011 -- Aging in Place(s) - Innovative Designs for Senior Living
Richard Rosen, AIA; Principal, Perkins Eastman Architects
Robyne Kassen, Assoc. AIA; Principal, Urban Movement Design
2010 Public Events
November 1, 2010 -- Inclusive Design Guidelines, New York City (IDG)
Matthew Sapolin; Commissioner, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
Robert Piccolo, AIA; Deputy Commissioner, MOPD; Editor in Chief, IDG
Jason Mischel, Esq.; General Counsel, MOPD
Fatma Amer, PE; First Deputy Commissioner, Technical Affairs, NYC Department of Buildings
Steven Winter, FAIA; President, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
William Stein, FAIA; Principal, Dattner Architects
Steven Landau; Director of Research, Touch Graphics
Robyne Kassen, Assoc. AIA; Design Director, Urban Movement Design
Sarah Gluck; Director of Movement Design, Urban Movement Design
June 22, 2010 -- NORCs - Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities
Nat Yalowitz, MSW, LCSW; President, NORC Program at Penn South Housing Co-op; President, National NORC Center, NYC
Georgeen Theodore, AIA; Principal, Interboro Partners
April 29, 2010 -- Design for the Aging in New York City
Lilliam Barrios-Paoli; Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA)
Committee Meeting Minutes Archive:
MINUTES: DESIGN FOR AGING COMMITTEE MEETING - *March 24^th , 2016 * * *Attending: */C Hunter; R. Rosen; G. Ressler;; B. Wollner; E. Cohen; R. Ottens; B. Pape; K. Kraskow;**X. //Pedraza//,/*//*/J. Maltz/ / / / / *Presentation * ¥ DFA Committee Member Eric Cohen, AIA, shared with us the curriculum he teaches at New York School of Interior Design, on universal design and design for aging. ¥ Cathey Billian, Professor of Art History and Design at Pratt Institute, will be presenting at our next meeting (4/28) on age-friendly environmental sculpture/public land interpretation. *Review / Discussion of Ongoing Committee Projects * * ¥ Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners**to modify existing buildings so seniors can age in place. *Karen Kubey, architect and writer, has issued a draft and asked for comments by committee members. * ¥ Prototype Design for Amsterdam Houses*Ð Gail Ressler expressed the need for funding and asked for volunteers to help with grant-writing. Barry Wollner, retired Housing Manager, volunteered his services. * * * * *New Opportunities* ¥ MOMA assessment for age-friendly environment Ð ÒPrimetimeÓ initiative /The DFA Committee has been invited by New York Academy of Medicine, through Caitlyn Smith, to develop a subcommittee which would tour MOMA to assess its age-friendly qualities, with the goal of enhancing the experience of older visitors. A tour will be arranged perhaps around 9-11 a.m., so that members could study the environment both before the museum opens and while visitors are present. /** ¥ NYC Age-Friendly Commission Ð New Working Groups Ð**/New York Academy of Medicine is inviting members to join its Age-friendly NYC Commission Working Group on Housing Groups. Other Working Groups underway focus on Public Safety, Media Arts and Culture, and Professionals (in Banking, Pharmacy, Primary Care) Interested persons should contact Caitlyn Smith at email@example.com / * * *Events in Formation for 2016* ¥ New research on aging & the environment from selected university Òinstitutes on agingÓ (tentatively Columbia, Cornell, Hunter College) Ð (May 31) (in collaboration with new SSRA Committee) ¥ NORC Tour and meeting with residents? of Penn South (others?). Joelle Lichtman is working on finding a guide for the tour. ¥ Tours of NYCHA Senior Buildings & review of design standards ¥ Fall Event to launch Aging in Place Guide + Enterprise Aging in Place Principles (9/15) Ð (in collaboration with Enterprise) ¥ Possible collaboration with Health Facilities Committee * * *New Items* Jerry Maltz, AIA, brought to our attention an exhibit at the Hunter East Harlem Gallery (in the Silberman School of Social Work at 2180 Third Avenue (119^th St.)) on *Affordable Housing in NY: The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed A City* (until May 15, 2016). It is based on a recently published book by the same name, by Matthew Gordon Lasner and Nicholas Dagen Bloom. *Proposed Committee Meeting Dates for 2016: 4/28; 5/26; 6/23; 7/28; 8/25; 9/22; 10/27; 11/17; 12/15* * * *Tafel Hall Dates for 2016 proposed by Chapter: 5/31; 7/26; 9/15* * *
DESIGN FOR AGING COMMITTEE
MINUTES for April 28th, 2016 meeting
Attending: Brian Pape, Gail Ressler, Marianne Brower, Herb Oppenheimer, Christine Hunter, Jerry Maltz, Joelle Lichtman, Cathey Billian, Karen Kraskow, Eric Cohen, Barry Wollner
Cathey Billian, DFA Committee Member and Professor of Art and Design at Pratt Institute, presented the work of Billian Studio, which focuses on environmental structures and the human experience of nature. Artists, she feels, can deepen the visitor’s perceptual experience of nature through unique interpretations of - and in - the surroundings; she has created many projects in national parks that celebrate a river, visually enhance a walk on a bridge, and so on. Her signature project was a bench, based on the traditional World’s Fair bench, which she retrofitted as a seating destination. It is experienced as a sculpture that embraces sound, light, and poetry, all with the goal of deepening the user’s experience of the environment surrounding them. The bench was inspired by a vacation with her aging parents, and is particularly geared to those who may not easily be able to access natural settings via long walks. All can sit and take in an interpreted, as well as self-generated, experience of the surroundings.
During our June 23rd meeting, a colleague of Committee Member Meenakshi Varandani, Bulbul Mankani, who has worked with a leading Senior Housing Development Team in India (Ashiana Group), has been invited to present.
Library revival proposal:
Brian Pape, AIA, who is officially now Co-Chair with Christine Hunter, is interested in seeing the AIA Library revived, It was eliminated, and put into storage, when the Silman Room was remodeled. One idea the chapter considered was placing it at the west end (L-leg of Tafel Hall. New shelving or new books would not have to be purchased. Discussion centered on how to make this library special, with a different ambience from larger university-based architectural libraries. The ability to sip coffee, a display case for a featured tome, a computer with links to committee websites, advertising in coordination with exhibit openings and in the reception area as well as to architecture schools were among the suggestions. A memo to circulate to other committees encouraging the restoration of the library will be written by Brian.
Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners – has been circulated and many comments were received. A second draft will be sent out at the end of May. The Chapter, with the DFA Committee, is creating the Guide for the NYC Dept for the Aging; it is scheduled for completion in June 2016.
Gail Ressler is aiming to schedule a meeting with Susan Nieves, Executive Director of Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, which will partner with the Amsterdam Houses Sub-Committee to work on the social service component of the project. Susan has already provided a draft budget for this aspect of the project.
Ongoing New Opportunities
Assessment of MOMA for its age-friendly characteristics (no news as yet)
NYC Age-Friendly Commission - Housing Working Group – Its first meeting will be on May 4th. Ed Mills is Co-Chair; Christine will attend.
The AIANY Board encourages collaboration between and among committees, and appreciates the joint events we have done or are planning. Our next two events are collaborations (see below).
Events in Formation for 2016
I. Joelle and Christine are planning an event for May 31st, on academic research on aging and the environment … from selected university “institutes on aging” - tentatively Columbia, Cornell, Hunter College. Jeff Rosenfeld (who is doing research on fall incidence in rooms of the home, at United Methodist Hospital) has agreed to speak. Joelle is seeking two more speakers. This will be a collaboration with the SS&A Committee.
II. NORC Tour and meeting with residents? (Penn South, others?) This is being pursued, possibly for June.
III. Tours of NYCHA Senior Buildings & review of design standards. To be researched by Brian.
IV. Fall Event to launch Aging in Place Guide + Enterprise Aging in Place Principles (9/15) – (in collaboration with Enterprise) is on schedule.
VI. A collaboration with the Health Facilities Committee is evolving. A topic has been suggested: “360 degrees of Wellness” for a presentation (on tentatively 7/26); it will cover emergency departments (such as Mt. Sinai Hospital) and fitness centers open to seniors. Rich Rosen is coordinating.
MINUTES for Sept. 22, 2016 meeting
ATTENDING: Gail Ressler, Richard Ottens, Jerry Maltz, Joelle Lichtman, Sharon Pinckney, Christine Hunter, Karen Kraskow, Alison Brown, Ifeoma Ebo
PRESENTATION: on Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Guiding Principles, a document produced by the Department of Design and Construction, presented by Ifeoma Ebo (Strategic Initiatives Specialst/Equity) and Alison Brown (Strategic Initiatives Specialst/Healthy Living) from the Office of the Chief Architect at DDC. The DDC sees these Guiding Principles as a conversation starter and invites design consultants to reflect on them and share their ideas that will, with them, advance design in NYC “through the lenses of equity, sustainability, resiliency and healthy living.” The full document is available at:
Review / Discussion of Ongoing Committee Projects
1. Prototype Design for Amsterdam Houses - update on Feasibility Study and fundraising (tabled)
2. Ways to distribute the Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners: Recommended Age-Friendly Residential Building Upgrades, which was a collaborative of the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and the Design for Aging Committee (DFA), were discussed. They included the Bar Association’s Aging Committee and other lawyers’ groups (real estate lawyers).
3. Christine shared a competition to develop age-friendly technology, created by the Urban Tech Hub, a collaborative program between New Lab and NYC Economic Development Corporation asking innovators in NYC and beyond to “build empathy and solve (problems) for those who are not always the first adopters or beneficiaries of cutting-edge technology” - the aging. They “seek innovative proposals that … enable and empower … the city’s elderly population using advances in manufacturing, robotics, connected devices or artificial intelligence to improve the living conditions of urban seniors and promote aging-in-place solutions” that make NYC more accessible to the elderly and disabled. The committee chose not to get involved, preferring to hear a presentation of a few practical ideas of current technology for seniors that they could use with their clients. Applications for proposals, which can lead to financial support can be submitted between Nov. 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017)
Events for 2016
1. NORC Tour of
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