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  • July 18, 2021
    Date: Thursday, June 24, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: Video Conference

    AGENDA         

    Member Check-in:  How’s everyone doing???  Is everyone enjoying this summer of freedom?

    Opening Presentation:  Robert Wong from Hong Kong shared his recent work regarding age friendly community in HK.

    REVIEW of this successful panel:  SAFER AND EQUITABLE STREETS:  Age, Ability and Inclusion on 10 June 2021, 6:00 PM.

     

    Events in Formation for 2021: 

    “TAFEL HALL” Panels (ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) – SOME 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. Reaching out for Accessibility Consultancies as possible panalists.

     

    Panel Topic:  Asian Models for Senior Care – Explore how models of senior care in Asian countries may differ from those in the US.  Possible countries to highlight include Singapore, India, Philippines, and either Japan, Korea, or Taiwan.

     

    Presentations @ Monthly Meetings

    • July 22:  Yuko Sono from CLOUDS Architecture will share their finidngs from Aging Tokyo Workshops in GSAPP.

    Save the Date

    2021 DFA Dates:  22 July, August Recess, 23 September, 28 October

  • June 19, 2021

    On June 10, the AIANY Design for Aging committee, Planning and Urban Design, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees were pleased to host Renia Ehrenfeucht, Author of “Sidewalks Conflict and Negotiation over Public Space”, Aimi Hamraie, Author of “Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability”, Jessica Murray, PhD, CUNY, Chair of NYCT Advisory Committee for Transit Accessibility, and Ariel Ward, Transportation Engineer, Planner, and Designer of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) on an important and timely discussion focused on safe and equitable streets: age, ability, and inclusion, moderated by Claire Weisz, FAIA, Principal-in-Charge of WXY Architecture + Urban Design.

    In 2020, pivotal national and global events brought about increased awareness of the notion of safety on our streets. Beyond the months of public health measures that required social distancing, we also experienced a public space paradigm shift as a result of the anti-racist movements demonstrating on our city streets. Within the design community and beyond, discussions about perceptions of safety and  questions of who is kept safe in public, and by what means their safety is maintained, were resoundingly ignited.

    While cities adapted quickly to the pandemic with ’slow’ and ‘open’ streets, pop-up bike lanes, and temporary parklet structures, these “exciting” new interventions can experienced differently—especially by marginalized, vulnerable, or minority people, including seniors, people with disabilities, and BIPOC communities—sometimes as obstacles to access of the public right-of-way or as foreign, or imposed, elements and cultures, especially if there has been an absence of community involvement during implementation.

    As cities prepare for long-term recovery, any course of action under consideration by the design community should begin by assessing lessons learned and best practices. Revisiting the principles of Universal Design could point the way to desirable and just outcomes anchored in inclusion, accessibility, and process-based accountability.

    This panel presented best practices and promising trends to advance goals of multi-modal, safe streets, sidewalks and curbside social spaces through designs that afford equity and dignity. The event concluded with a beautiful and powerful footnote: “Mobility over modality.”

  • June 2, 2021

    Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021, 5:00 – 6:30 PM EDT

    Location: Video Conference

     

    Agenda

    Member Check-in:  How’s everyone doing???  Have the vaccines liberated you?

    Opening Presentation:  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 spoke on affordability and equity in senior housing.

     

    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.

    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.
    • Ariel Ward – Transportation Engineer, Planner, and Designer, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

    Moderator:

    • Claire Weisz – FAIA, Principal-in-Charge, WXY Architecture + Urban Design

    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:  Asian Models for Senior Care – Explore how models of senior care in Asian countries may differ from those in the US.  Possible countries to highlight include Japan, Korea, Taiwan and others. 

     

    Presentations @ Monthly Meetings

    • June 24:  Robert Wong from Hong Kong will share his recent work regarding age friendly community in HK.  Based on his presentation we can then continue our discussion about the possible panel topic initiated by Yutaka concerning Asian Models for Senior Care. Robert’s recent other presentation information can be found here.

     

    Save the Date

    2021 DFA Dates:  24 June, 22 July, August Recess, 23 September, 28 October

  • 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

     

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