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Equity by Design

How do we make our built environment, at every scale, a tool for disease prevention and the promotion of wellness for all?

As we begin to build and renovate our homes and communities in a post-COVID-19 world, we must radically accelerate the application of an age-friendly framework that addresses disparities. This means housing and communities that are safe, affordable, and facilitate multigenerational interaction; meet sensory, emotional, physical, social, behavioral, and health needs across the lifespan; and include appropriate transportation options—enabling every resident to thrive.

 

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Join our six-part dialogue series, where Dr. Bill Thomas will moderate a conversation with built environment leaders from the U.S. and across the globe, who will share diverse perspectives on what it will take to create enabling and equitable housing and multigenerational communities. Each dialogue is framed around 1-2 key principles for Creating Enabling & Equitable Housing and Multigenerational Communities

The Equity by Design series is for policymakers, planners, designers and architects, developers, financiers, academic and real estate professionals, age-friendly community advocates, and other colleagues interested in making our built environment a tool to support everyone at every stage across increasingly long lifespans.

We invite you to register for any of the six dialogues in the series as featured below
or you can register for the entire series at once.
Past dialoagues are available to watch at your convenience.

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Virtual Dialogue 3: Create Appropriate Finance Products

November 19, 2020, 11:00 AM ET

Current finance products limit the renovation or development of housing models that meet the diverse needs of different people over longer lifespans. Financial models and products should facilitate investment in housing stock and communities that enable independence over the lifespan and view lifelong, multigenerational living environments as an asset.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Jennifer Ho, Commissioner, Minnesota Housing

Feras Qumseya, Vice President of Development, Foulger-Pratt

Dr. Raquel Rolnik,  Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo

Dr. Bill Thomas, Lifesprk Independence Officer; Cofounder, ChangingAging (Moderator)


HOST

Stephanie Firestone, 
Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Health & Age-friendly Communities, AARP

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Esther Greenhouse, Built Environment Strategist and Environmental Gerontologist; and Strategic Director, TC Age Friendly Center for Excellence

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Virtual Dialogue 4: Prioritize Connectivity

December 17, 2020 11:00 AM ET

Built environment professionals must prioritize the provision of broadband access and appropriate technologies that enable telehealth and remote learning, work, and engagement, as a means to facilitate greater independence and participation by residents of all ages and abilities in all aspects of society.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr. Joseph Coughlin, Founder and Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab

Justin Garrett Moore,  Executive Director, New York City Public Design Commission

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda, President of World Enabled, President of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES); Lecturer, College of Environmental Design, University of California Berkeley

Dr. Bill Thomas, Lifesprk Independence Officer; Cofounder, ChangingAging (Moderator)


HOST

Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Health & Age-friendly Communities, AARP   

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Esther Greenhouse, Built Environment Strategist and Environmental Gerontologist; and Strategic Director, TC Age Friendly Center for Excellence

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Virtual Dialogue 5: Facilitate Intergenerational Engagement

January 14, 2021 11:00 AM ET

Built environment professionals should create living environments that facilitate regular interaction and engagement across all generations, for their mutual benefit and the continued contribution to society by people of all ages, and to combat ageism.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Donna Butts,  Executive Director, Generations United

Dr. Emi Kiyota, Founder and Director, Ibasho

Indra Nooyi, Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

Dr. Bill Thomas, Lifesprk Independence Officer; Cofounder, ChangingAging (Moderator)


HOST

Stephanie Firestone, 
Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Health & Age-friendly Communities, AARP

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Esther Greenhouse, Built Environment Strategist and Environmental Gerontologist; and Strategic Director, TC Age Friendly Center for Excellence

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Virtual Dialogue 6: Include Age-Friendliness in Other Priorities and Lead Cross-Sector Collaboration

February 25, 2021 11:00 AM ET

Built environment professionals should utilize planning and other collaborative tools to advance developments that demonstrate an active contribution to societal agendas, and they should tap existing efforts to advance UN Sustainable Development goals as opportunities to regenerate and retrofit our built environment assets using a lifelong equity lens.

 FEATURED SPEAKERS 

Dr. Jennifer Molinsky, Senior Research Associate, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

Gaetan Siew, Founder of the Global Creative Leadership Initiative; Past President of the International Union of Architects; Past Secretary-General of the African Union of Architects

Naomi Hoogervorst, Senior Programme Manager at UN-Habitat

Dr. Bill Thomas, Lifesprk Independence Officer; Cofounder, ChangingAging (Moderator)


HOST

Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Health & Age-friendly Communities, AARP

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Esther Greenhouse, Built Environment Strategist and Environmental Gerontologist; and Strategic Director, TC Age Friendly Center for Excellence

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Watch Past Dialogues

Virtual Dialogue 1: Enable By Design and Drive Informed Demand
September 24, 2020
Featured Speakers

  • Dr. Mariela Alfonzo, Founder and CEO, State of Place
  • Henry Cisneros, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Co-Chief Investment Officer and Chairman, American Triple I Partners
  • Ifeoma Ebo, Urban Designer, Strategist and Founding Director of Creative Urban Alchemy
  • Dr. Bill Thomas, Lifesprk Independence Officer; Cofounder, ChangingAging (Moderator)
  • Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Health & Age-friendly Communities, AARP (Host) 
  • Esther Greenhouse, Built Environment Strategist and Environmental Gerontologist; and Strategic Director, TC Age Friendly Center for Excellence (Introductory Remarks) 
 

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“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.”

Post-COVID-19 COMMUNITY INTEGRATION: THE CASE FOR EQUITY BY DESIGN
"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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Collaborating Organizations

We thank the following collaborators on this series who are helping us reach the widest possible audience in the built environment sector, from policy to practice to academia and beyond.

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