An Interdisciplinary Approach to Aging and the Built Environment

2011 Speakers & Videos

January 21, 2011, Snow Hall

“The Unexpected Future”

James Gunn, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Kansas

Video Presentation

 


January 28, 2011, Snow Hall

“Demography of Aging”

David Ekerdt, Director, Gerontology Center; Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Kansas

and Tracey LaPierre, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Kansas

Video Presentation

 


Rick Moody

February 3, 2011, Carnegie Library, Lawrence, Kansas

"Later Life Creativity: The Best Is Yet to Be"

Rick Moody, Director, Academic Affairs, American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC

Video Presentation


Rick Moody

February 4, 2011. 210 Snow Hall

“The Third Age and the Good Life”

Rick Moody, Director, Academic Affairs, American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC

Video Presentation


February 11, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“New Communities in Old Institutional Settings: Constraints and Opportunities”

Mike Hoeflich, Distinguished Professor, School of Law, University of Kansas


February 18, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“The Lesson of Urban History: Loss of Place”

Stephen Grabow, Professor, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, University of Kansas

Video Presentation


Peter Uhlenberg

February 24, 2011, Carnegie Library, Lawrence, Kansas

“Connecting between Old and Young in an Aging Society”

Peter Uhlenberg, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina

 


February 25, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“Age Integration: Obstacles and Opportunity”

Peter Uhlenberg, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina


March 4, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“Policy and Place: Kansas City’s Green Zone”

Stephen Maynard-Moody, Director, Institute for Policy and Social Research; 

Professor, School of Public Affairs & Administration, University of Kansas


March 11, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“Design Typologies and Aging”

Keith Diaz-Moore, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, University of Kansas


March 18, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“Health Care Design and Environment in an Aging Society”

Frank Zilm, President, Frank  Zilm & Associates, Inc.;

Chester Dean, Lecturer on Healthcare Design, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, University of Kansas


Bruce Carnes

March 31, 2011, Carnegie Library, Lawrence, Kansas

“No Truth to the Fountain of Youth”

Bruce Carnes, Professor, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, University of Oklahoma

 


Bruce Carnes

April 1, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“Lessons from Biology on the Nature of Aging”

Bruce Carnes, Professor, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, The University of Oklahoma

Video Presentation


April 8, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“Moral Geographies of Our Future”

Christopher  Brown, Director of the Environmental Studies Program,

and Marisol Cortez, ACLS New Faculty Fellow, Department of American Studies, University of Kansas


Stephen Golant

April 14, 2011, Carnegie Library, Lawrence, Kansas

“Thriving in Later Life: Where You Live Matters”

Stephen Golant, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Florida

Video Presentation


April 15, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“Theorizing Where to Grow Old Successfully

Stephen Golant, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Florida


April 22, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“Designing (Re)newable Cities”

Dan Rockhill, J.L. Constant Distinguished Professor, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, University of Kansas


Laura Carstensen

April 28, 2011, Carnegie Library, Lawrence, Kansas

“Long Life in the Twenty-first Century”

Laura Carstensen, Professor, Department of Psychology;

Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University; and Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, Stanford University

Video Presentation


Laura Carstensen

April 29, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“Redesigning Long Life”

Laura Carstensen, Professor, Department of Psychology;

Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University; and Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, Stanford University

Video Presentation


Wes Jackson

May 6, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“Consulting the Genius of the Place”

Wes Jackson, Director, The Land Institute, Salina, Kansas

Video Presentation


May 11, 2011, 210 Snow Hall

“What Do We Know about the Boomers?”

Bill Carswell, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, University of Kansas

Video Presentation


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Prairie Commons

Lee Foster, president of Commons CompanyLee Foster, president of Commons Company, not only inspired the creation of New Cities initiative, but he also generously provided financial support for its establishment and the first year of the Boomer Futures Think Tank. He has attended every Think Tank program and incorporated the ideas in his newest undertaking, Prairie Commons, a planned community he is developing in Johnson County, Kansas.

John Shreve, principal of the Commons, describes Prairie Commons:

Occupying 155 acres, the Prairie Commons site is on the literal seam of development and farmland in southern Johnson County. Current trends have been to wipe out all signs of agriculture, except to hang onto the myth through creative marketing and branding campaigns. We have chosen to avoid the either-or proposition by integrating a twenty-five-acre organic farm into the community as an integral component of the on-site food system. In addition to the farmland, the commercial Main Street and residential neighborhoods are woven throughout thirty-five additional acres of restored prairie and waterways with four miles of walking/biking paths that connect into the larger MetroGreen system.

As a complement to the nutrition and active lifestyle elements, we have also partnered with Telecare Global and Keystone Technologies to create a technology infrastructure that promotes health prevention through a network of passive sensors, telemedicine, and real-time tracking by an on-site community clinic.

Prairie Commons follows an integrated approach to creating a mixed-use village that balances both natural and human systems through a conservation planning approach. By clustering development patterns into blocks and streets with diverse building types and styles, over one-third of the site is dedicated to farmland and natural habitat. This strategy encourages reinvestment in our Kansas City heritage by emphasizing the “culture” in “agriculture.”

Following the Johnson County’s and Olathe’s future land-use plan along the 175th Street corridor, the fundamental mission of this project also aspires to create a community that emphasizes walking/biking, fresh local food, education/research, and technological innovation. Prairie Commons is a public-private project that represents the applied knowledge generated from the KU’s New Cities research, focused on issues of aging and the built/natural environment. As a founding member of New Cities, the Commons Company is implementing the research through an extensive coalition of local and national experts.Commons Logo

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