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 next Blueprint's theme will focus on how nature is incorporated into building design for the aging community. Dwellings enclose and protect us from the elements but they can also house, frame and invite nature in. Is living closer to nature of particular benefit for aging?
Here are some possible areas to explore: How do buildings connect with landscapes, gardens, views, animals, fresh air, and greenery in a convenient and accessible way for the elderly? Many projects include natural materials, therapeutic outdoor spaces, out buildings, sun or screen rooms, and wander gardens. How do these elements benefit seniors? Does a close bond between the inside and outside, between people and the environment, enhance health, well-being, and social participation?
Please send the title of your proposed article and a short paragraph describing its contents to DFA@aia.org. 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!
Submission deadline is October 1st. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!------------------------------Samuel Beall AIA, CAPSDuncan Wisniewski ArchitectureBurlington VT