Architectural Associate Champions Senior Cohousing
The Seattle Design Festival, taking place Aug. 19-24, is offering a free opportunity to hear what someone in the field of architecture thinks about senior cohousing. Queena Stone, Assoc. AIA in Seattle, will present a virtual talk on her discoveries in a recent project. Here’s what she says:
Cohousing isn’t just a trendy throwback to a utopian idea from the past. In fact, it may well be the answer to some of our most prominent contemporary challenges. Challenges like the lack of affordable housing, loneliness, our aging populations. How can we enable a better and more sustainable way of life for many people as their needs, aspirations, and lifestyles change?
Current senior living options are often too expensive and insolating. As people live longer and the global population gets older, we need to rethink the living environments of older people to ensure their participation and social interaction in communities.
In this virtual session, I will present five senior cohousing projects that were the first successful community to form in their prospective cities. Being the first, these communities provide a unique opportunity to learn from their challenges in realizing their communities.
No one can predict the future, but anyone can shape it. Let’s inspire people to rethink the way we live and age and discover how shared living like cohousing can help solve some of our biggest challenges. My hope is that you will see the benefits of senior cohousing and consider this housing type as an option for your own future.
Please visit the event page for information on the time and date of this presentation:
The travel for this project was funded through the AIA Seattle Emerging Professional Travel Grant.
Aug. 2 –– “Aging Gracefully in Community”, 9am–1pm MT - A 5-week online course from the Foundation for Intentional Community, $99–$249 - Register here
Aug. 10 –– The Commons, 10am MT - Register here