KU Classes and Studios
The New Cities initiative has inspired several KU classes and design studios. One of the first was the Aging in Film class, taught by Professor Cheryl Lester, which has continued to attract students through several semesters. Another, a colloquium on aging, that Dennis Domer and Cheryl Lester cotaught, has evolved into the popular Boomer Futures Think Tank, which is ongoing. Finally, several architecture design studios have addressed the need for post-career housing. Designs and master plans created by students in two studios led by Professor Bill Carswell and Professor Bruce Johnson are now featured in a book, New Cities.
Kansas University professors’ and students’ continuing interest in aging issues demonstrates the appeal of intergenerational communities to people of all ages.