Booming Boroughs

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In mid-May I traveled to NYC for an exciting event:  The Booming Boroughs design Charrette.  This one-day event hosted 5 interdisciplinary teams of architects, interior designers, landscape architects, social workers, gerontologists, advocates, physicians, and community members.  The teams examined the issues of aging in a variety of standard regional housing options:  single apartment, walk-up, low-rise, high-rise, as well as adaptive re-use.  Just a few hours of exploration yielded rich solutions which respected the varied physical, social, and financial realities and hit upon key trends of enabling design and technology as supportive variables to minimize the need for informal care giving.  The day-long event was hosted at the award-winning Center for Architecture building, and the presentations and review were open to the public and well attended.
The event kicked off the night before at an evening reception hosted by Hafele in their gorgeous NYC showroom, filled with one innovative product after another, and many trays of delicious sushi!
Next year we can look forward to an exhibition showcasing the solutions, which will also be disseminated for further development and application.  The Booming Boroughs event is a replicable model and immensely effective first step in redesigning our urban housing stock to create environments which enable older adults to successfully age in place.
Thank you to The American Institute of Architects (AIA) NYC chapter’s Design for Aging Committee which spent the past year planning and organizing the event, and to all of the sponsors and the participants for making this such a success!