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  • November 17, 2020

    On November 11, the AIANY Design for Aging and AIANY Woman in Architecture committees were pleased to host Akiko Kyei-Aboagye, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Urban Architectural Initiatives, Rachel Simpson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, Laura Mascuch, Executive Director, The Supportive Housing Network of New York, Takisia L. Whites, Director of New Initiatives and Underwriting, Robert Sanborn Development; Principal and Founder, Urban Impact Capital Partners, and Emily Lehman, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Special Needs Housing, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development on an important and timely discussion focused on design excellence in affordable and supportive housing in New York City, moderated by Jen Stencel, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning.

    It was an inspiring presentation and discussion of how shared values lead the way to realizing healthy and affordable housing that will have a lasting impact. Leaders representing the architect, client, and public agencies demonstrated how close collaboration is essential in providing access to housing—a fundamental right—to our most vulnerable communities. As the industry works to respond to a health and economic crisis, we explored strategies to provide safe, equitable, and sustainable housing. In case you missed it, stay tuned for a video of the event with extensive notes posted to this site in 2-3 weeks.

     

  • November 1, 2020

    Date: Thursday, October 29, 5:00 – 6:30 PM EDT 

    Location: Video Conference

     

    Agenda

    Member Check-in: How’s Everyone Doing???

    Opening Discussion with Kathleen Ison-Lind: Affordable Living and In-Home Services.

     

    Virtual Panel: Wednesday, 11 November 2020Design Excellence in Affordable and Supportive Housing

    The AIANY Woman in Architecture and Design for Aging Committees are pleased to co-host these panelists for this event: 

    • Akiko Kyei-Aboagye, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Urban Architectural Initiatives
    • Rachel Simpson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate, Magnusson Architecture and Planning
    • Laura Mascuch, Executive Director, The Supportive Housing Network of New York
    • Takisia L. Whites, Director of New Initiatives and Underwriting, Robert Sanborn Development; Principal and Founder, Urban Impact Capital Partners
    • Emily Lehman, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Special Needs Housing, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

    Join us for an inspiring presentation and discussion of how shared values lead the way to realizing healthy and affordable housing that will have a lasting impact:

    https://calendar.aiany.org/2020/11/11/design-excellence-in-affordable-and-supportive-housing/

     

    Events in Formation:

    “TAFEL HALL” Panels (ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) — DATES TO BE DETERMINED

    Workshop Topic: ADA at Thirty — Accessibility Solutions in Historic Structures– Case studies of successful creative projects that extend the useful life and safety of historic buildings that are Landmarked or in an Historic District. We will make this a one half day workshop (3-4 hours) Speed presentation style of presentations, and Special Project digital publication on the AIANY website. Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee, Building Codes Committee, Public Architecture Committee. December tentative date.

     

    Panel Topic: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Senior HousingDATE: Thursday, 14 January 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. As part of the AIA’s Call to Action on Anti-Racism, this panel will investigate the accessibility of Senior Housing to racial minorities, with a focus on not-for-profit institutions, and how their mission statements foster equitable access to affordable Senior Housing. Panelists:

    • Anthony Shitemi, AIA, Principal: Urban Architectural Initiatives

    We are looking for three or four panelists who may represent: Senior Housing providers; Architects who design not- for-profit Senior Housing; groups that fund Senior Housing; Community Organizations that work in this area; others? It is imperative that racial minorities be represented on this panel.

     

    Panel Topic: Transportation – Co-hosted with Infrastructure Committee.

    A previous DFA Cane and Able program centered on transit-specific issues; a new event could complement that by considering the needs of age vis-a-vis infrastructure? Potential subjects might include:

    Street Design: How do cities rethink street design for the needs of seniors?

    Paratransit: How can Access-A-Ride or on-demand service be realized more effectively?

    • Sarah Kaufmann at NYU Rudin’s Center for Transportation has done a lot of detailed research in this area. For example her papers: Bringing Innovation to Paratransit, and Intelligent Paratransit.
    • Other Q’s: Where is long-term savings when cost of AAR program is compared to cost of MTA ADA compliance? How can more integrated and immediate technology increase efficiencies and usability?

    Digital Infrastructure: How do cities bridge the digital divide for access and community? (especially in the face of intensified challenges like a pandemic or extreme climate event)

    • Greta Byrum could offer an on-the-ground perspective and speak more to tech, access and equity. She led the Digital Equity Laboratory at the New School and is now a leader at Community Tech, which focuses on enabling communities to “have direct control over their digital communications, allowing for greater self-determination and power over their shared digital voices.”
    • Other Q’s: With the internet now as critical as a utility, how can communities be empowered, at hyper-local level, to build and maintain reliable free/affordable service – esp. for the most vulnerable?
    • John Paul Farmer is NYC’s Chief Technology Officer and led development of the recently released NYC Internet Master Plan. He could provide the view from the top and he has addressed this in places like the 2020 RPA Assembly in the component that looks at “Our Digital Future.” Note that a key aspect of the plan is getting free broadband into public housing.

    These topics all point to issues that coalesce around how infrastructure planning & design can help improve the experience of independent living. Maybe an event title that concisely sums this up could be something like: Infrastructure & Independence: New strategies to support aging in the urban environment.

    This is just a draft of ideas to give us something to explore or push against – let’s have generative, and group- based, dialogue.

     

    Panel Topic: New Models for Senior Healthcare Outpatient “Wellness Center”, Geriatric Emergency Rooms, etc. – Co-Hosting of this Event with the AIA DESIGN FOR HEALTH COMMITTEE confirmed.

     

    Dates – and Adjusted Format and Time: The next virtual meeting would still be held from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.

     

    Save the Date

    2020 – 2021 DFA Dates: 19 November (3rd Thursday), 17 December (3rd Thursday) – VIRTUAL HOLIDAY PARTY 2020? 28 January, 25 February, 25 March 2021

     

    Good Reads and More

    • The NYC Architecture Biennial – a newly formed international organization that explores broad concerns of the architect/design professions and organizes presentations about them. They are interested in exploring how to improve cities for Seniors.
    • AIA KnowledgeNet Design for Aging – useful blog for additional news and information.

     

  • October 8, 2020

    Date: Thursday, September 24, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Location: Video Conference


    Agenda

    Member Check-in:  How’s Everyone Doing???  

    Opening DiscussionNYC Department of Aging’s Concept Paper:  OLDER ADULT CENTERS.  What edits might the DFA offer during the public comment period that ends 5 October?   

    DFA would suggest to replace the name of OLDER ADULT CENTERS by SENIOR CENTERS.

     

    Events in Formation for 2020: (DATES TO BE DETERMINED, UNO)

    • Panel Topic: ADA at Thirty — Accessibility Solutions in Historic Structures- Case studies of successful creative projects that extend the useful life and safety of historic buildings that are Landmarked or in an Historic District. We will make this a one half day workshop (3-4 hours) Speed presentation style of presentations, and Special Project digital publication on the AIANY website. Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee, Building Codes Committee, Public Architecture Committee.  
    • Panel Topic:  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Senior Housing – As part of the AIA’s Call to Action on Anti-Racism, this panel will investigate the accessibility of Senior Housing to racial minorities, with a focus on not-for-profit institutions, and how their mission statements foster equitable access to affordable Senior Housing.  We are looking for three or four panelists who may represent:  Senior Housing providers; Architects who design not-for-profit Senior Housing; groups that fund Senior Housing; Community Organizations that work in this area; others?  It is imperative that racial minorities be represented on this panel.
    • Panel Topic:  New Models for Senior Healthcare  Outpatient “Wellness Center”, Geriatric Emergency Rooms, etc. – Co-Hosting of this Event with the AIA DESIGN FOR HEALTH COMMITTEE confirmed. 
    • Panel Topic:  Transportation – Co-hosted with Infrastructure Committee.

     

    Dates – and Adjusted Format and Time? — for Future Meetings.

    The next virtual meeting would still be held from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.

     

    Save the Date

    2020 – 2021 DFA Dates:  22 October, 19 November (3rd Thursday), 17 December (3rd Thursday) – VIRTUAL HOLIDAY PARTY??? 2020; 28 January, 25 February, 25 March 2021

    10/22 update: the October meeting would be held on 10/29.

     

  • August 5, 2020

    On July 27, the AIANY Design for Aging and AIANY Interiors committees were pleased to host Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft; Elise Roy, MS, JD, UX Accessibility and Inclusion Lead, Google; Joel Sanders, FAIA, Principal, Joel Sanders Architect and MIXdesign; David Serlin, Associate Professor of Communication and Science Studies, University of California San Diego, on an engaging and informative virtual panel moderated by Anita Cooney, Dean, School of Design, Pratt Institute.

    To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the signing into law of the Americans With Disabilities Act, we look to the future. The presentations addressed the question: What is the future of accessible design? The discussion was a wide-ranging exploration of new models of practice, expanded constituencies, and broader definitions of what inclusive design could be. It recognized issues of neurodiversity, responsive technology, and occupying/claiming space.

    In case you missed it, you can view a complete replay here.

     

  • August 4, 2020

    Date: Thursday, July 23, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Location: Video Conference


    Agenda
     

    Opening Presentation: Susan Wright reprised the “Aging in Place” presentation she gave virtually “in” Taiwan on Sunday, July 19. The AIANY Design for Aging Committee was invited to participate in this forum in Taiwan on age-friendly housing and health promotion called “Towards Healthy Residential Environments for All.” The program aimed to shape a common ground on what matters in healthy aging and what to consider in developing age-friendly housing. — followed by Q and A.

    Call to Action: All AIANY Committees have received this request, for discussion, and DFA suggested notes below.

    1. Make a long-term commitment to the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in your Committee work.

    • Revise our webpage intro statement to read: “The AIA New York Design for Aging Committee is 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. We are committed to diversity in all issues, ensuring a profession capable of reaching into constituencies previously underserved and giving agency to issues of inclusion and representation. We would like more people to join us as we explore a wider range of options that promote diversity, and have a stronger influence on projects and programs in NYC and beyond.”

    2. Calendar or convene at least one event prior to the end of 2020 that promotes anti-racism and elevates justice, equity, diversity, and inclusi​on.

    • For our July 23 monthly virtual meeting, add this topic to the agenda, with intro remarks in the notice of meeting.
    • Start planning a program for 2020 that promotes anti-racism and elevates justice, equity, diversity, and inclusi​on as part of our Design for Aging theme. (This is a little harder, but if we co-sponsor and coordinate with the D&I and Social Science Committees, perhaps we can come up with ideas?) email D&I and Social Science Committees for their interest and input?
    • Call for speaker suggestions.

    3. Make space at a committee meeting to reflect upon your Committee’s area of work in relation to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. By August 31st, please submit a report and plan of action to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and AIA New York. 

    • See Item 1 above.
    • By August 31st, submit a report and plan of action for the Design for Aging Committee.

     

    Events in Formation for 2020: (DATES TO BE DETERMINED, UNO)

    • Virtual Panel Topic:  7/27/20, 6pm- The Future of Accessible Design: ADA at Thirty and Beyond. The discussion will be a wide-ranging exploration of new models of practice, expanded constituencies, and broader definitions of what inclusive design can be. It will address issues of neurodiversity, responsive technology, and occupying/claiming space.  What have we achieved already?  What do we still need to achieve? Link at https://calendar.aiany.org/2020/07/27/the-future-of-accessible-design-ada-30-years-and-beyond/
    • Virtual Panel Topic:  late Summer- Accessibility Solutions in Historic Structures– Case studies of successful creative projects that extend the useful life and safety of historic buildings that are Landmarked or in an Historic District. We will make this a one half day workshop (3-4 hours) Speed presentation style of presentations, and Special Project digital publication on the AIANY website. Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee, Building Codes Committee, Public Architecture Committee. 
    • Panel Topic:  New Models for Senior Healthcare Outpatient “Wellness Center”, Geriatric Emergency Rooms, etc. – Co-Hosting with the Design for Health Committee confirmed.
    • Panel Topic:  Transportation – Co-hosted with Infrastructure Committee confirmed.

     

    Save the Date

    No August meeting- stay safe. Sep. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 19, Dec. 17.

     

    Good Reads and More

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