Design for a Small (Aging) Planet
This workshop was held in 2015 as part of the Bloomington, Indiana, Creative Aging Festival. This page remains active for link and archival purposes. Thank you for your interest!
Design for a Small (Aging) Planet was a Public Symposium on New Thinking about the Design of Environments for A Lifetime – From Closet to Community.
It was held on Thursday, April 30 (5-7:30 p.m.) and Friday, May 1 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.), 2015, at the Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University-Bloomington.
Forget “Silver Tsunami.” An aging population is not a catastrophe, but an opportunity.
But we do need to get it right for the two billion people who will be over age 60 by the year 2050. True, as individuals we have the challenge of staying healthy, vibrant, and positive as we age. There are gazillions of personal guidebooks and way too many medications and salves to help us age well. But we age in a community, and designing communities for aging well is not quite on the radar of community planners. How can we design environments for our small, aging planet?
Speakers at the symposium represent cutting-edge thought leaders in the field of design – from closet to community.
M. Scott Ball, (M. Arch) author of Livable Communities for Aging Populations; Principal, Commons Planning, Atlanta, Georgia, will present "The Evolution of Senior Housing" on Thursday evening, followed by a catered reception.Friday speakers include:
Symposium Fee: $60 - Includes Reception, Breakfast, and Luncheon.
Registration: The IU Conference Bureau is
taking online registrations here. For questions about how to register or make payment, contact Melissa Kocias at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (812) 855-4224 (other types of questions addressed below). Accommodation requests must be made before March 20. Seating is limited, and registration will close on April 28 or when we have met our limit.
Overnight Accommodations: The event is being held at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel. To reserve a room, phone the hotel at (800) 209-8145 or make your reservation online. If Biddle is full, you can search for accommodations here. Bloomington's downtown area is within walking distance.
Continuing Education: CEU forms, made available by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community’s Office of Interdisciplinary Training, may be picked up at the registration table at the end of day 2. AICP members can earn Certificate Maintenance (CM) credits. NEW: AIA/CES will also available through sign-up at the registration table.
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All Other Questions: Contact Phil Stafford at email@example.com or by phone at (812) 855-2163.
The symposium is organized by the Center on Aging and Community at The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and funded by the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, with support from Grantmakers in Aging and the Pfizer Foundation.