Helping built environment professionals incorporate
an aging and equity lens in their work.

Principles in Action

Explore innovations from around the world through our Principles in Action series of case studies and webinars.

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Digital Twin Cities for All: Enabling Virtual Inclusion

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Key insights from equity by design

Key insights from equity by design
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Featured video: “Restroom deserts: Where do you Go when you need to Go”
Human dignity demands what we design restrooms to serve varied needs and abilities.

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The mission of Equity by Design is to influence local influencers.

Through policy, planning, design and development, your work has the power to make housing and communities a tool for the promotion of health and wellness for all people at every age.

Prioritizing housing and communities that are safe, affordable, and facilitate engagement across generations.

Addressing inequities that have led to disparities in health, wealth, and well-being.

Fostering enabling design* across the lifespan.

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Principles in Action Series

Replicable innovations that are moving the needle on the ground
An ongoing series of case studies and solution-oriented conversations with global experts

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Global Dialogue Series

Webinar series moderated by Dr. Bill Thomas
Diverse perspectives on our guiding principles - from a current state housing commissioner, a former US-HUD Secretary, and current and former UN representatives, to activist architects and urban planners, private and community developers, and leading academics.

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Key Insights from Equity by Design

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Be sure to join the Equity by Design group on LinkedIn where you can engage with other practitioners on what it takes to create a more equitable, inclusive, and age-friendly built environment.

"The window that COVID-19 has pried open presents an opportunity to address and transcend the functional consequences of segregation, and to develop and implement a community integration strategy based on the enduring value of healthy, diverse and enabling communities."
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Creating Enabling & Equitable Housing and Multigenerational Communities
This webinar presented the 8 principles to inform the work of planners, architects, developers, and real estate professionals, and other local stakeholders who advocate for communities that are livable for all.

Equity by Design: Redefining “Senior Living”
A Conversation with Stephanie Firestone, Esther Greenhouse, and Dr. Bill Thomas

"When we design for the oldest and youngest generations, ultimately, we all benefit. With this in mind, every industry should seek to design for, entice, and delight the new aging consumer."


“The thinking and process behind the development of AARP’s Principles for Creating Enabling & Equitable Housing and Multigenerational Communities were instrumental in inspiring and informing PHEAL.”

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Contact Stephanie K. Firestone Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP International.

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