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  • December 1, 2022

    Date: Thursday, November 17, 5:00–6:30 PM
    Location: Video Conference

    AGENDA

    Opening Discussion:

    Holiday Party – In Person at the Center. Wednesday, 14 December, 5:30– 8:00 PM

    • Committee Members are bringing:
      Christine: Cheese and Grapes
      Kathy: Chocolates
      Jerry: Nuts
      Brian: Cheeses
      Ted: Red and White Wine
      Salmata: Crudités and Veggies, Selzer and Sodas

    Ongoing Business:

    Ted Porter is stepping down as co-chair of the DFA Committee in January after three years in the position. The NYC AIA will print an open call for new co-chair candidates in the December Newsletter. Candidates should answer this call.

    Ideas from September Meeting:

    • What can we do for the 2023 National AIA Convention? Can we create a panel that would attend the convention? If so, who would pay for the panel?
    • Can our NYC DFA panels be broadcast to a national audience. Mark Heckman of the National AIA DFA might work with us on this.
    • Does the UN have papers or presentations that give examples of architecture (or planning) that respond to the needs of elderly in the face of climate change?
    • Are their college professors who have curricula related to Design for Aging? Or are there architecture school studios that have projects related to Aging?
    • Chia-Yi has contacted the Women in Architecture co-chairs about issues related to balancing professional work and the care of elderly family members. Do women-led architecture firms have different policies related to elderly care? Example: more time off for personal days?
    • Pratt had a summer course on accessibility; did any students work on an aging project? Yutaka will ask.
    • Yutaka is proposing a Pratt course on Interior Design for the aging – interesting topic for our committee.
    • Kathy Kline suggests contacting Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Heath & Age-Friendly Communities, AARP, to discuss Equity Design.
    • Christine will contact NJIT and Ted will contact Michael Duddy at City Tech for possible panel programs.

     

    TAFEL HALL Panels in Formation for 2023:

    Panel Topic A: ADA at Thirty — Accessibility Solutions in Historic Structures– On hold. Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee, Building Codes Committee, Public Architecture Committee.

    Panel Topic B: Donna Walcavage and Gretchen Bank, of the DFRR, and DFA are planning a joint event called “Aging Populations and Climate Change“. ESTHER GREENHOUSE would be a great moderator for this panel.

    Panel Topic C: How are Smaller Architecture Firms addressing the needs of an aging NYC population? Perhaps a Panel in conjunction with the Emerging Architects Committee and/or the Women in Architecture Committee. How do Women in Architecture incorporate their lived experience caring for elderly parents (and younger kids) when designing for the elderly? (See notes above.)

    Panel Topic D: How are Young Firms preparing for the Clients of the Future?

    Panel Topic E: How have firms used the Aging in Place Guide?

     

    Presentations @ Monthly Meetings

    • January, 2023 — Prof. Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Parsons: Seminar on Aging – how students approach aging.
    • February 2023 – Stephanie Krone Firestone: Stephanie joined AARP International in January 2017 as a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor for Health and Age-friendly Communities.

     

    Save the Date

    • 2022/2023 DFA Dates: Dates: 14 December; 26 January 2023; 23 February 2023; 23 March 2023

     

    Good Reads and More

  • October 17, 2022

    Date: Thursday, September 22, 5:00–6:30 PM
    Location: Video Conference

    AGENDA

    Events in Formation for 2022:

    TAFEL HALL Panels Potentials:

    Panel Topic A: ADA at Thirty: Accessibility Solutions in Historic StructuresOn holdCase studies of successful creative projects that extend the useful life and safety of historic buildings that are Landmarked or in an Historic District. The committees involved in this project have decided to make it a one-night panel rather than a daytime workshop – date to be determined. Special Project digital publication on the AIANY website is planned. Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee, Building Codes Committee, Public Architecture Committee.

    Panel Topic B: Aging Populations and Climate Changescheduled for Fall 2022. Donna Walcavage, of the Design for Risk & Reconstruction Committee (DfRR), and the Committee on Design for Aging are planning a joint event.

    Our audience will be design professionals but we may have others from the general public interested in the topic. The DfRR committee or our moderator can introduce the speakers with some statistics and other information highlighting the scale of the issue to engage the audience. Then 3 or 4 speakers covering these aspects:

    1) Evaluating places to live
    2) Preparation for shocks and stressors
    3) Evacuation or shelter in place

    We will focus on social equity, accessibility and mobility as we cover these topics. In the limited time for the panel, we can’t cover all the possible shocks and stressors, so if we find a good speaker in one aspect that is focused on extreme heat and another that is talking about sea level rise, it is ok to acknowledge the range of the discussion.

    Panel Topic C: How are Smaller Architecture Firms addressing the needs of an aging NYC population? Perhaps a Panel in conjunction with the Emerging Architects Committee.

    Panel Topic D: Design for Aging and Education.

    • Studio HIP has renovated many school playgrounds in conjunction with the Trust for Public Land that incorporate senior ideas and uses. These playgrounds must be open to others during after-school hours. Liz Hand-Fry is the founder of Studio HIP, a landscape architecture firm.
    • Jeffrey Rosenfeld at New School holds a seminar named Design for Aging Population to explore how global aging is impacting on all aspects of design, especially on the design of “Home.” It might help us to understand how higher educationists and potential young professions see the opportunity and address the topic of design for aging.

    Panel Topic E: Design for Aging and Women in Architecture Committee. How women in architecture address design for aging? How they run the firm/team with the consideration of aging care? Perhaps a Panel in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Committee.

    • Stephanie Firestone at AARP International collaborates with international organizations such as the World Health Organization, the American Planning Association (APA), the Global Planners Network, and the American Society on Aging (ASA) to advance the art of planning for aging in the U.S. and internationally. Stephanie shares and exchanges good practices with age-friendly colleagues around the world and provides consultation to cities seeking to become more age-friendly.

    The Committee will invite these potential speakers/panelists to the opening presentations in fall.

    The next Committee meeting will take place November 3 as a combined October and November meeting.

     

    Save the Date

    • 2022 DFA Dates: November 3, December 15
  • August 1, 2022

    Date: Thursday, July 28, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: Video Conference

    AGENDA

    Events in Formation for 2022:

    TAFEL HALL Panels Potentials:

    Panel Topic A: ADA at Thirty: Accessibility Solutions in Historic Structures — On holdCase studies of successful creative projects that extend the useful life and safety of historic buildings that are Landmarked or in an Historic District. The committees involved in this project have decided to make it a one-night panel rather than a daytime workshop – date to be determined. Special Project digital publication on the AIANY website is planned. Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee, Building Codes Committee, Public Architecture Committee.

    Panel Topic B: Aging Populations and Climate Change — scheduled for Fall 2022. Donna Walcavage, of the DFRR, and the Committee on Design for Aging are planning a joint event.

    Our audience will be design professionals but we may have others from the general public interested in the topic. The DFRR committee or our moderator can introduce the speakers with some statistics and other information highlighting the scale of the issue to engage the audience. Then 3 or 4 speakers covering these aspects:

    1) Evaluating places to live
    2) Preparation for shocks and stressors
    3) Evacuation or shelter in place

    We will focus on social equity, accessibility and mobility as we cover these topics. In the limited time for the panel, we can’t cover all the possible shocks and stressors, so if we find a good speaker in one aspect that is focused on extreme heat and another that is talking about sea level rise, it is ok to acknowledge the range of the discussion.

    Panel Topic C: How are Smaller Architecture Firms addressing the needs of an aging NYC population? Perhaps a Panel in conjunction with the Emerging Architects Committee and/or the Women in Architecture Committee.

    • Studio HIP has renovated many school playgrounds in conjunction with the Trust for Public Land that incorporate senior ideas and uses. These playgrounds must be open to others during after-school hours. Liz Hand-Fry is the founder of Studio HIP, a landscape architecture firm.
    • Jeffrey Rosenfeld at New School holds a seminar named Design for Aging Population to explore how global aging is impacting on all aspects of design, especially on the design of “Home.” It might help us to understand how higher educationists and potential young professions see the opportunity and address the topic of design for aging.

    The Committee will invite these potential speakers/panelists to the opening presentations in fall.

     

    Other Business / New Business :

    Lauren Zumbach, a writer with “Story by JPMorgan” contacted us to see whether anyone can help with an article about ways multifamily owners can make their properties more age-friendly. Story is a platform for multifamily owners with property management tools and educational content covering industry news and trends. Given the aging population, Story is putting together an article with advice on ways property owners can make apartments more inclusive and accessible to older tenants. HOW CAN THE DFA CONTRIBUTE TO THIS?

    • Connecting him with some builders, architects, or agencies, such as HPD, who has applied the principles in the AIP Guide in their home renovation projects to share their experiences might be helpful.
    • The deployment of AIP Guide, its influences and applications can be another potential panel topic.

     

    Save the Date

    • 2022 DFA Dates: AUGUST RECESS, September 22, October 20, November 17, December 15
  • June 28, 2022

    Date: Thursday, June 23, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: Video Conference

    AGENDA

    Post-Panel Review:Independent Aging in Asian Cities” at June 7, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

    Opening Presentation: DFA Committee Member Bruce Eisenberg spoke on Accessibility Upgrades by NYCHA.

     

    Events in Formation for 2022:

    TAFEL HALL Panels Potentials:

    Panel Topic A: ADA at Thirty: Accessibility Solutions in Historic Structures On hold. Case studies of successful creative projects that extend the useful life and safety of historic buildings that are Landmarked or in an Historic District. The committees involved in this project have decided to make it a one-night panel rather than a daytime workshop – date to be determined. Special Project digital publication on the AIANY website is planned. Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee, Building Codes Committee, Public Architecture Committee.

    Panel Topic B: Aging Populations and Climate Change — scheduled for Fall 2022. Donna Walcavage, of the DFRR, and the Committee on Design for Aging are planning a joint event.

    Our audience will be design professionals but we may have others from the general public interested in the topic. The DFRR committee or our moderator can introduce the speakers with some statistics and other information highlighting the scale of the issue to engage the audience. Then 3 or 4 speakers covering these aspects:

    1) Evaluating places to live
    2) Preparation for shocks and stressors
    3) Evacuation or shelter in place

    We will focus on social equity, accessibility and mobility as we cover these topics. In the limited time for the panel, we can’t cover all the possible shocks and stressors, so if we find a good speaker in one aspect that is focused on extreme heat and another that is talking about sea level rise, it is ok to acknowledge the range of the discussion.

    Panel Topic C: How are Smaller Architecture Firms addressing the needs of an aging NYC population? Perhaps a Panel in conjunction with the Emerging Architects Committee and/or the Women in Architecture Committee.

    Panel Topic D: Renew our outreach for Aging in Place Guide as the need for more alterations to existing homes increases. (Chia-Yi)

     

    Save the Date

    • 2022 DFA Dates: 28 July, AUGUST RECESS, 22 September, 20 October.
  • June 27, 2022
    ImagesCourtesy of Chia-Yi Huang
    Images Courtesy of Chia-Yi Huang

    On June 7, the AIANY Design for Aging committee was pleased to host Esteban Beita, PhD, Associate Professor at CUNY City Tech, Founder of Wabi Design, Tai-Li Lee, Assistant Professor at Pratt University, Partner of New Practice Studio, and Melissa Q. Navarra, PhD, Assistant Professor at Ateneo de Manila University (speaking remotely) on an informative and interesting discussion focused on urban aging in several east Asian cities, moderated by Ruth Finkelstein, ScD, Executive Director of Brookdale Center for Aging at Hunter College and Professor at School of Urban Public Health. This event was offered in person and virtually, marking the first in-person panel of the Committee since pandemic.

    Often in the American imagination, Asian societies are better places to grow old. This event investigated that premise with panelists who specialize in issues of the elderly in three major Asian cities: Manila, Taipei, and Tokyo. Building on basic demographics, the panelists looked at the evolving living patterns of the elderly in large urban centers and how infrastructure and architecture can facilitate seniors’ independence and well-being. And the presentations opened up many more avenues of pursuit for better understanding how other urban areas address aging relative to housing, socialization, poverty, infrastructure, demographics, isolation, etc. In case you missed it, you can view a complete replay here.

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