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Tuesday, Sep 26
9:00am — 11:00am
OZ Architecture
247 attending

Designing Communities for an Aging Population

While innovation and creation may seem like terms reserved for youth, the future of design hinges on designing for the aging. As an unprecedented demographic shift toward an older population unfolds over the next 10 years, we must ask ourselves: how can we create environments, products and services that enable mobility, independence and quality of life as we age?

In the format of a panel discussion, Jami Mohlenkamp, along with OZ designers, Julia Bailey and Julie Zielinski, will share their research and experience in designing for aging populations, with a goal of sparking meaningful connections and shifting our perception of the future of design. The panel will also include the expertise of Shawn O’Connor with Cushman & Wakefield, and Jayne Keller of Christian Living Communities, and will touch on ways we can forge connections between technology and the aging, with emphasis on designing a more accessible world—whether you are 33 or 83. The team will talk about how we can create environments, products, and services that enhance and enable mobility and independence, and how thoughtful design can improve our quality of life well into our later years.

Using a set of virtual reality goggles, participants will have the chance to “step inside” a senior living micro-housing unit as well as view mobility and transportation prototypes from the not-too-distant future.

Hosted by: OZ Architecture