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Aging + Place: Designing Housing & Communities for Aging Populations

IHCD's Executive Director, Valerie Fletcher, will be one of the speakers at Aging + Place: Designing Housing & Communities for Aging Populations at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on October 17, 2014. The event will be a half-day to discuss opportunities in architecture, planning, and policy to enhance older adults’ well-being through affordable, accessible, well-connected housing, as well as through models of long-term care that support aging in place. It is free and open to the public.

More information about the Aging + Place event

Simi Linton

Invitation to Dance, a Documentary Film by Simi Linton & Christian von Tippelskirch

INVITATION TO DANCE will be shown at the Margaret Mead Film Festival in NYC on Saturday October 25th, 2014!

In 1971, Simi Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Still in college at the time, she suddenly confronted discrimination she couldn’t have imagined before she began using a wheelchair. Outspoken, thoughtful, and impassioned, Simi quickly became a resourceful activist. Invitation to Dance brings to light the efforts Simi has made to ensure rights for people with disabilities – from the time of her injury to her present day efforts to bring an end to discriminatory taxi service – and to maintain her capacity for love, sexuality, and dance.

Get your tickets here

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Housing America's Older Adults— Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population

Housing America's Older Adults—Meeting the Needs of An Aging Population: America’s older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth. With the aging of the large baby-boom generation and increased longevity, the 50-and over population is projected to increase about 20 percent by 2030, to 132 million. In just 15 years, one in five people will be at least aged 65. Ensuring that these older adults have the housing they need to enjoy high-quality, independent, and financially secure lives has thus taken on new urgency not only for individuals and their families, but also for the nation as a whole.

Read the report published by the Joint Center for Housing Studies

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Breaking Through: New projects from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

London, September 15th - 25th, 2014

This exhibition explores how current research by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art is translating into new products, services and systems – and breaking through to achieve impact in the market, public discourse and policymaking.

More information about Break Through

Art Works, arts.gov

Designing for People, User/Experts in Schools of Design

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a 2014 Art Works grant to conduct a new initiative, Designing for People, User/Experts in Schools of Design.  This project builds on 14 years of IHCD’s Access to Design Professions and knits the project into IHCD’s commitment to engaging user/experts. 

Design Council

Inclusive Design Hub for the Built Environment

The Design Council (UK) has created the Inclusive Design Hub for the built environment. It covers buildings and outdoor spaces, in all phases of development including planning, design and construction, right through to the management of those buildings and places. It is a collection of resources and we do not promote the use of one over the other.

Visit the Inclusive Design Hub for the built environment

ANFA

2014 ANFA Conference

The Academy of Neuroscience and Architecture (ANFA) Conference will explore, from a scientific basis, the range of human experiences with elements of architecture, through collaboration between architects and neuroscientists.  The goal is to inspire ideas and new collaborations that will ignite change and unlock the potential of Neuroscience for Architecture.

Learn More about 2014 ANFA Conference

ABX 2014

IHCD's Socially Sustainable Design Symposium at ABX 2014

IHCD is hosting our Socially Sustainable Design Symposium on October 29th this year at the Architecture Boston Expo. For the first time, there is an option to register for the whole Symposium as a registration choice.  This year the morning plenary, Architecture that Improves People's Lives, will be a lecture by John McAslan, CBE following by an interview with McAslan by Metropolis magazine's Susan Szenasy.

Find out more about the Socially Sustainable Design Symposium

King's Cross Station, London.

Institute for Human Centered Design Newsletter: August 2014 edition

The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is an international non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. Our educational, consulting and design work is very diverse. See our monthly newsletter to learn about current projects.

User experts working at IHCD.

A call for User/Experts - make a difference and earn a stipend for your time and expertise!

The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is creating a new User/Expert Lab in our Boston headquarters and is currently seeking to recruit user/experts to be part of our participant database and on-call for design research projects.