Susan Wright, AIA, LEED AP and one of IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton's principals, was a speaker at the Center for Architecture's Design for Aging Committee on a panel titled "Designing for a Lifetime"on June 23. 2014.
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 showed varied examples currently being implemented in U.S. cities.