The mission of the AIA Design for Aging (DFA) Knowledge Community is to foster design innovation and disseminate knowledge necessary to enhance the built environment and quality of life for an aging society. This includes relevant research on characteristics, planning and costs associated with innovative design for aging. In addition, DFA provides outcome data on the value of these design solutions and environments.
Strategies for Safer Senior Living CommunitiesThis resource includes strategies for dining facilities, amenity spaces, and individual units. Download >
The theme of our first quarter issue is "Inter-generational Solutions." Articles could be about accessory dwelling units, home sharing, and other inter-generational housing developments. Topics can also include living communities where people of all ages have a place-where the young can learn from the experience and wisdom of elders, and elders can enjoy the vitality of the young. In the spirit of community, people of diverse ages can support one another both socially and pragmatically. For example, house bound elders can trade with single parents-exchanging child care for grocery shopping or home cooked meals can be traded for instructions on how to use E-mail.
Please send the title of your proposed article and a short paragraph describing its contents to DFA@aia.org by March 4, 2015. We prefer original submissions and request that you not submit a previously published work. Articles should be 200-800 words in length and are subject to the editor's approval. Illustrations such as photographs, sketches, and design drawings, are highly encouraged!"