On June 20, 2017 I will be teaching a workshop on Built Environments for the Lifespan for the AIA SNY chapter at the Hilton Garden Inn, Ithaca, NY.
This 3.5 hour workshop provides knowledge of the power and attributes of the the built environment in relation to a greater understanding of users’ needs, abilities, and senses as they change across the lifespan. Lecture and discussion combined with experiential activities and mini-design project immerse participants in the appreciation of how and why the design of the built environment is a crucial variable in the lives of older adults–from residential housing, to senior living, to healthcare environments.
Topics include: the theory of Environmental Fit + Press; categories of design (enabling, universal, inclusive, accessible, adaptable, visitable); sensory changes across the lifespan.
A visual and virtual “walk through” of spaces will examine the intersection of built environment features and sensory abilities for aging. The students will then have the opportunity to conduct an analysis of the built environment while simulating age-related sensory changes. The workshop culminates in application through a mini-design project to evaluate a space and products to propose design solutions through modifications, brief presentations, and discussion.
Architects, in particular, are encouraged to register and 3 CEU credits are available.