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 project comprises four neighborhood senior cafes completed in Chicago neighborhoods. The first café, located in a 6,000-square-foot storefront in the Galewood neighborhood, served as the prototype for subsequent cafés in Norwood Park, Portage Park, and Chatham.
The cafés serve as neighborhood-based administrative outposts, as well as senior services centers. Along with the social component of the café, the senior services provided include computer classes, medical assistance, financial counseling, and exercise classes. #SpecialProjects #CaseStudies #DFA #MatherMoreThanaCafe #DFAR12 #WheelerKearnsArchitects #BestPractices #DesignforAgingKnowledgeCommunity