On October 1 and 2, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture, a conference called New Aging "will investigate recent advances in architecture and urbanism dealing with age-related challenges." As Matthias Hollwich, the conference's instigator, phrases it, designers can work to positively transform the aging process:
"Not by building nursing homes for the elderly, but by creating architecture that supports a life that we personally would also be interested in living when old."
A series of workshops—Prototyping, Envisioning, Visiting, and Applying the Future—will focus on specific innovations "that assure the best utilization with the utmost dignity for age." Each will "search for a new type of architecture that envisions aging as a normal part of life" and that will "help reintegrate the elderly into community life."
For more information or to register for the conference, visit the New Aging Website.