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  • May 1, 2021

    Date: Thursday, 22 April 2021 5:00 – 6:30 PM EDT 

    Location: Video Conference

     

    Agenda

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

    Opening Presentation:  Georgeen Theodore, RA, principal and co-founder of Interboro, “Updated Report on Morningside Gardens”.

     

    Events in Formation for 2021:

    “TAFEL HALL” Panels (ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) – SOME DATES TO BE DETERMINED.

    Panel Topic:  SAFER AND EQUITABLE STREETS:  Age, Ability and Inclusion – DATE: 10 June 2021, 6:00 PM. Co-hosted with Infrastructure and PUD Committees. Prospective Panelists:

    • Aimi Hamraie – Author “Access:  Universal Design and the Politics of Disability”
    • Renia Ehrenfeucht – Co-Author (with Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris) “Sidewalks:  Conflict and Negotiation in Public Space”
    • Jessica Murray – Chair of the MTA’s Advisory Committee for Transit Accessibility.
    • Kleo King – Deputy Commissioner of the MOPD
    • Quemuel Arroyo – Chief Accessibility Officer of the MTA

    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.

     

    Possible panel topics:

    — Cultural impacts on design for aging strategies across Asia.

    — Changes and new requirements of design for aging throughout the pandemic.

     

    Presentations @ Monthly Meetings

    • May 27:  Jennifer Hrabach Molinsky: Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design. Jennifer manages the Center’s research on housing for older adults.  She will speak on affordability and equity in senior housing.

     

    Save the Date

    2021 DFA Dates: 27 May, 25 June, 22 July, August recess

     

  • April 6, 2021

    Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5:00 – 6:30 PM EDT 

    Location: Video Conference

     

    Agenda

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

    Opening Presentation: Two Teams from the Arts and Cultural Management Graduate Program at Pratt University presented proposals to connect different generations. 

    Team One:  Yoon Jae Lee and team: Flower Bookmark.

    Team Two:  Hilarie Spangler and team:  Intergenerational Connections in 21st Century Communities.

    Special Thanks to Yutaka for organizing this presentation. Continuing from the opening presentation, we talked about how the same and different cultures among Asian countries / regions shape their community and design for aging opportunities, as possible future panel topics.

     

    Events in Formation for 2021:

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

    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: Safer Streets for Seniors – Co-hosted with Infrastructure and PUD Committees. The date is set to Thursday, June 10th.

    Recap of current discussion – need ideas to firm up this panel:

    — Safe Streets for Seniors vis-a-vis universal design

    — Best Practices for Today and for Tomorrow?  Scale:  urban, human, individual.  The future we want for NYC.

    — How to expand the tool kit where there are gaps?

    — Impact of Covid design interventions on accessibility – ownership of sidewalks for people versus the expanding uses…

    — Is it street safety for disabled or is it shared needs across populations?  Is age considered as all ages?

    — Curb-Cut Effect as a model?  Design for most vulnerable yielding benefits for all.

     

    Presentations @ Monthly Meetings

    • April 22: Georgeen Theodore or one of the members from Interboro is going to present the updated studies on Morningside Gardens (i.e. “This Has Become My Town”) – insights about NORCs during the pandemic.
    • May 27: Jennifer Hrabach Molinsky:  Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design. Jennifer manages the Center’s research on housing for older adults. She is going to present the housing (and other) challenges facing middle and lower income seniors as well as her new work with HUD.
      — Special Thanks to Kathy for connecting us to Jennifer.

     

    Save the Date

    2021 DFA Dates: April 22, May 27, June 25, July 22, August recess

     

    Good Reads and More

  • March 8, 2021

    Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021, 5:00 – 6:30 PM EST

    Location: Video Conference

     

    Agenda

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

    Opening Video: “Watch on demand: Pandemic prognostication” – a presentation from the national AIA Knowledge Communities, knowledgecommunities@aia.org.  Edited for conciseness of 40 minutes. A panel of national design practitioners describe local responses to the pandemic for nursing homes and senior housing types, and how the pandemic changes may affect the design of facilities in the long term.

     

    Events in Formation:

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

    Panel Topic: 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. We are still working on getting it together for a summer event.

     

    Panel Topic: Safer Streets for Seniors– Co-hosted with Transportation and Infrastructure and PUD Committees, planned for a June event.

    — Best Practices for Today and for Tomorrow?  Scale:  urban, human, individual.  The future we want for NYC vis-a-vis universal design; ownership of sidewalks for people versus the expanding uses.

    — Curb-Cut Effect as a model?  Design for most vulnerable yielding benefits for all.

    “Equitable Access for Street Safety: Design for Age, Ability, and Inclusion”  Framework:

    • Overview –  NYC safe streets: successes and opportunities
    • Inclusion – Intersectionality: what do “safe streets” mean for BIPOC, LBBTQ+, and marginalized communities?

     

    Other Business

    Kathy Kline spoke of Notes from two very interesting webinars on cities & aging issues today, 2/25/21:

     

    Presentations @ Monthly Meetings

    • May 27: Dr. Jennifer Molinsky of Harvard U. to speak on  housing older adults: Equity issues? Models from other countries? Future developments after the pandemic?

     

    Save the Date

    2021 DFA Dates: February 25, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 25, July 22, August recess

     

  • February 6, 2021

    Date: Thursday, 28 January 2021 5:00 – 6:30 PM EDT 

    Location: Video Conference

     

    Agenda

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

    Opening Presentation: Michael Chen, AIA, Michael K. Chen Architects, spoke on “Open Streets and Design Corps”. This short presentation covered the work of the Design Corps, a part of the NYCxDESIGN’s effort to provide pro-bono design services to small businesses looking for ways to reopen and prosper, especially restaurants. The effort has a longer term goal of improving the quality of the new Open Streets policy of the city. Any architect or firm can volunteer through the website.

     

    Events in Formation for 2021:

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

    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. Working on the SLACK platform, we continue to ask for your accessibility projects for historic structures; send them to Brian.

     

    Panel Topic: Transportation – Co-hosted with Infrastructure and PUD Committees.

    A previous DFA Cane and Able program centered on transit-specific issues; a new event could complement that by considering needs of age vis-a-vis infrastructure.

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

    Maybe an event title that concisely sums this up could be something like: Infrastructure & Independence: New strategies to support aging in the urban environment. To contact the Interior Committee for possible collaboration on similar topics. Working on the SLACK platform, we are planning a Safer Streets Event and continue to ask for suggestions for speakers, especially for senior age-friendly experience; send them to Brian.


    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.

     

    Save the Date

    2021 DFA Dates: 25 February, 25 March, 22 April, 27 May, 25 June 2021

     

  • February 2, 2021
    HELP Crotona Senior Housing by SAGE and HELP USA; Rendering by Nightnurse; Images
    HELP Crotona Senior Housing by SAGE and HELP USA; Rendering by Nightnurse; Images Courtesy of Magnusson Architecture and Planning

    On January 14, the AIANY Design for Aging committee was pleased to host Latisha Millard-Bethea, Director of Human Services, NYC Housing Initiative for SAGE and Jorge Chang, AIA, Partner, Urban Architectural Initiatives (UAI) on an important and timely discussion focused on racial diversity, equity and inclusion in senior housing, moderated by Roberta Washington, FAIA, Founding Principal, Roberta Washington Architects.

    As part of the AIA’s Call to Action on Anti-Racism, this panel offered insights into what role race has in senior housing in NYC (and beyond).  Topics included: Is not-for-profit or qualified-income senior housing more (or less) racially integrated than other housing in a given neighborhood/area? Are there any architectural design factors in senior housing where unconscious racial bias might come into play? What have architects for senior housing learned from the prospective tenants about their unique needs? Is there a “sweet spot” for number of residents that creates a rich, diverse community in senior housing?

    During the panel, UAI’s senior housing programs and projects were presented. Stonewall House, SAGE’s first LBGT inclusive project located in Fort Greene, was also introduced and discussed. In case you missed it, stay tuned for a video of the event with extensive notes posted to this site in a few weeks.

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