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  • 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.

    Stay tuned for the event recording to be released soon!

     

  • 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

  • Photo: Feng Cheng Tang
    Photo: Feng Cheng Tang
    Photo: Feng Cheng Tang

    On Sunday, July 19, AIANY Design for Aging Committee was invited to participate in a forum in Taiwan on age-friendly housing and health promotion called “Towards Healthy Residential Environments for All.” It was co-organized by Health & Sustainable Development Foundation and Foundation of Universal Design Education in collaboration with the International Union for Health Promotion & Education (IUHPE). The program aimed to shape a common ground on what matters in healthy aging and what to consider in developing age-friendly housing. 

    Susan Wright, AIA, from Design for Aging Committee shared her insight of independent living and age-friendly housing in the panel. She presented a case study of seven recent examples of housing an aging population in New York City, aging in place renovation and technology. She also demonstrated the Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners collaborated by the NYC Department for the Aging and AIANY Design for Aging Committee. Her presentation triggered many discussions and provided a different view and approach for the audiences in Taiwan. 

    Other presenters, including expertises from the local government agency, architectural industry, health care providers and educational institutes, talked about the public health focused strategies. They’ve also shared progresses, including successes and failures, in age-friendly housing initiatives in Taiwan. Around 200 participants attended this full day program to explore many more possibilities to support active aging, social participation and health equity.

  • July 7, 2020

    Date: Thursday, June 25, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Location: Video Conference

     

    Breaking News

    Program: Monday, 27 July, 2020

    DFA will co-sponsor with the Interiors Committee a program called “Future of Accessibility/Inclusive Design.” Anita Cooney, head of the school of design at Pratt is the moderator. Pratt recently did a show called Design for our Future Selves which really was about designing for aging. Here is a virtual tour and discussion about it:

    https://www.facebook.com/prattexhibits/live/

    Register for the “The Future of Accessible Design” program here.

     

    Grant: Monday, 29 June, 2020

    AIANY announced that the project, Accessibility in an Aging City: Real World Solutions has been selected for a Committee Excellence Grant. We are conducting planning meetings now with the Committee partners and staff to adjust the “Workshop” into a virtual one, and that the separate panel events will be superseded by the Grant program.

     

    Agenda for 25 June Meeting 

    Opening Presentation: Nicholas Battis, Director of Exhibitions, Pratt Institute. Nicholas spoke about the Pratt Manhattan exhibition titled: NEW OLD:  DESIGNING FOR OUR FUTURE SELVES. Followed by Q&A. Here is a link summarizing the presentation with nice visuals:

    https://www.pratt.edu/the-institute/exhibitions/pratt-manhattan-gallery/ 


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

     

    Other Events in Formation for 2020:

    Panels — Possible Dates:  DATES TO BE DETERMINED. 

    • Panel Topic:  ADA at Thirty — Case Studies of Successful Solutions for ADA Access. – Design For Aging, Building Codes, and Historic Buildings Committees at AIANY are co-sponsoring this virtual case study / panel discussion event. We are pulling together a slate of participants and a program description with learning objectives, based on successful presentations made by local architects, as well as certain international cases. After receiving notice of Grant approval, our Committees will now incorporate this Panel Topic into the Workshop format; see the approval notice above.
    • 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. 

    Call to Action — AIANY Diversity and Inclusion: We are working on a response to the notice for consideration, and will add this to the agenda of our 23 July monthly virtual meeting.

     


    Other Business

    Susan Wright will now be a virtual presenter of the DFA “Aging in Place Guide” at the FUDE Forum on Age-Friendly Housing & Health Promotion -Towards Healthy Residential Environments for All. The date of the panel in Taiwan is set to be Sunday, 19 July, 2020. Currently there are more than 150 attendees registered. Here is the link to the event:

    https://www.accupass.com/event/1912260807001504984083

     

    Presentations @ Monthly Meetings

    • 23 July:  Susan Wright

     

    Save the Date

    2020 DFA Dates:  23 July, 27 August, 24 September 

     

    Good Reads and More

    AIA is issuing a report detailing strategies for safer senior living communities:

    https://www.aia.org/resources/6307024-reopening-america-strategies-for-safer-sen

  • June 3, 2020
    Date: Thursday, May 28, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: Video Conference

    Agenda

    Opening Presentation: Lorraine “Lori” Hiatt, Environmental Gerontologist, talked about: Re-thinking Collaboration for Senior Living Post Covid: Design, Engineering, Client/Sponsors. Specifics included: vacated sites, opportunity and caution; 101 on high vs. low Covid/rate sites; assisted and senior living; etc. —followed by Q and A.

    Lori offered other topics and took questions regarding these:

    1. It’s just time! Clarity on aging, staffing (care + service) and design. Large, Medium, Smaller Household and Adult Day Care.
    2. Imagined vs. Real Social Distancing and Space/Design. Case/Studies with Lessons Before and After Covid-19 with Insights on Memory Care.
    3. Documenting Urban Aging and Covid-19: Moderately capacious adults and those greatly impacted including those with close other(s)…
    4. Some of us need to be working with NYS and NYC re-visioning models and Re: Environmental Design.
    5. Each of the above need specific attention to elder / staff minorities who are the majority in Covid-19 consequences.

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

    Other Events in Formation for 2020: 

    TAFEL HALL Panels—Possible Dates:  DATES TO BE DETERMINED.

    • Panel Topic: ADA at Thirty Recognizing and celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  What have we achieved already?  What do we still need to achieve?
    • Panel Topic: Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee Aging in a Historic Residence: Aging in Place Adaptations. (Are there specific projects that are successful?)
    • 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.

    Other Business: POSTPONED: Susan Wright will present the DFA “Aging in Place Guide” at the FUDE Forum on Age-Friendly Housing & Health Promotion -Towards Healthy Residential Environments for All. Date: Sunday, July 19, 2020.  Location:  Taipei, Taiwan. FUDE will pay $4,800 in travel expenses.

    Presentations @ Monthly Meetings 

    • June 25:  Nicholas Battis: NEW OLD Exhibition at Pratt – Virtual Tour.

    Dates—and adjusted format?—for future Committee meetings.

    Save the Date:
    2020 DFA Dates: June 25; July 23

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