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New Aging
A progressive design conference looks at modern architecture for an aging population
by Jasmine Kounang
on 22 September 2010
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If design is about problem solving, the stereotypical nursing home—sterile, isolated, generally depressing—is perhaps one of the institutions most in need of an overhaul.

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In an effort to change traditional retirement living, Architizer co-founder Matthias Hollwich came up with New Aging—a conference consisting of hands-on workshops and discussions about progressive development for age-related living spaces.

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Also a partner at NYC-based architecture firm HWKN, Hollowich hopes that together with other architects, designers and visionaries they can create projects that will bring a sense of playfulness and community for the elderly through functional design.

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Speakers at the conference include Manuel Ocana of the Santa Rita Geriatric Center on the island of Menorca, Spain; Arnoud Gelauff of the De Plussenburgh Apartments in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Erhard Kinzelbach of the Hainburg Nursing Home in Hainburg, Austria; Daniel Cinelli of the Newbridge on the Charles in Dedham, MA; HWKN of Aging in Africa in Cote D'Ivoire; Madeline Gins of design firm Architecture Against Death; and several other prominent figures like Jeurgen Mayer H, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Joel Sanders.

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New Aging will be held at the UPenn School of Design where Hollwich previously taught advanced design studios focused on re-thinking the nursing home. The two-day conference takes place on 1-2 October 2010 and is open for registration to the general public and students for $285 and $35 respectively. For more information, visit the New Aging site.

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