Design for Aging
phone: 212 253 7820 x5680
Meeting Dates and Locations
Proposed Committee Meeting Dates for 2016: 1/28; 2/25; 3/24; 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; watch for announcements.
Our sub-committee is working with NYCHA Amsterdam Houses to re-design their lobby for better amenities; click here to learn more.
Habitat Magazine's recent article on Aging in Place has interesting news; click here to read the article.
Mayor de Blasio comes to the Town Hall meeting on Senior Housing, January 27, 2016; click here. Held at Lincoln Square neighborhood center.
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Margarita Curet, president of Amsterdam Houses Residents Association. Herbert Oppenheimer, AIA Design for Aging Committee. Gail Ressler, aia Design for Aging Committee, Mayor deBlasio.
Archive of Events
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 will highlight the innovative and award winning FutureHAUS prototype, its innovative modular construction process and its integrated smart technologies. He will then propose how we can implement these concepts to better design for communities and their aging residential needs. We will reserve ample time at the end of the presentation to engage the audience in a discussion about the challenges and seeming contradictions of using technology for assisting the elderly.
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 discussion will address 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 will be the evening’s focus.
Introduction of Moderator
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
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 will explain these evolving programs and regulations, and address specific issues, such as parking requirements, that have limited new development in the past.
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
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)
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. The charrette took place 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.
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Documents of Reference by AIANY DFA Committee
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 article Aging In Place: There's No Place Like Home was written by two members of the AIANY DFA Committee; it originally appeared in Oculus, Winter 2012 issue, the quarterly magazine of the AIANY Chapter.
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
Links of Interest for the DFA Community
Evidence Matters, the entire Fall 2013 issue, published by HUD Office of Policy Development & Research is devoted to Aging in Place
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
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 young singles.
AIA Platform Statement to encourage candidates for Mayor of NYC to think about ways to improve the urban environment for our growing senior population.
Age-friendly Colleges Starting August 17, a new website for older adults will come online. Age-friendly New York City, a joint venture of the Office of the Mayor, the City Council and the New York Academy of Medicine, is introducing a new and free service for older adults. "Age-Friendly NYC College Link," an online, searchable database of educational opportunities available to older adults at the New York City-area colleges and universities.
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 2012 Convention; 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 is #5
Living Fully: Resources for Aging Well in the City - A Manhattan guide for seniors published by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer
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