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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.

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DFA Blueprints Call for Submissions: Intergenerational Solutions

  • 1.  DFA Blueprints Call for Submissions: Intergenerational Solutions

    Posted 02-11-2015 11:00 AM
    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussion Forums: Academy of Architecture for Health and Design for Aging .
    The Communications Committee for the DFA Blueprints Newsletter is gearing up for the year and we invite you all to submit an article for the 2015 first quarter issue. With an increasing life span of the population and young adults returning home, inter-generational living is just one part of life in America.

    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 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!"

    If you have any questions, please let us know. We look forward to your submissions! Thanks!

    Isabella Rosse
    Specialist, KC Communications
    The American Institute of Architects
    Washington DC