An Interdisciplinary Approach to Aging and the Built Environment

2012 Speakers & Videos

March 30, 2012, 210 Snow HallOak Hammock March 30, 2012

“The Development, Financing and Architecture of Oak Hammock”

John Birge, Principal,  RDG Planning and Design

Tony Ewert, Principal, Aging Research Institute (ARI, Inc), Lawrence, Kansas

David Slack, Principal, Aging Research Institute (ARI, Inc), Lawrence, Kansas

Matt Weaver, Senior Vice President, Piper Jaffray, public finance investment

Video Presentation


John Shreve

June 1, 2012, KU Center for Design Research

“Corning House of the Future”

John Shreve, Associate Director, New Cities Initiative and Partner, The Commons Company



Eric Humes

June 1, 2012, KU Center for Design Research

“Virtual Integrated Village: A Shared Vision”

Eric Humes, CEO, Keystone IT Consulting



Paul AtchleyJune 8, 2012, 210 Snow Hall

“Living in the Village: Factors Influencing Technology Trust”

Paul Atchley, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Kansas

Video Presentation


Marilyn RantzSeptember 7, 2012, 210 Snow Hall

“Public-Private Partnership: The Success of Tiger Place Innovations and Research”

Marilyn Rantz, Professor, School of Nursing

Executive Director, Tiger Place

and Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Center on Aging

University of Missouri

Video Presentation

Marjorie SkubicOctober 25, 2012, 210 Snow Hall

“Proactive Health Management: Using In-Home Sensing and Recognition”

Marjorie Skubic, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri

Video Presentation





November 30, 2012, 210 Snow HallThe New Smart Garage

“The New Smart Garage”

Gregory Thomas, Professor, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, University of Kansas

Video Presentation





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Bob Honea and KU’s Transportation Research Institute Support

Bob HoneaKU’s Transportation Research Institute director, Bob Honea, has been a friend and an advocate for the New Cities initiative since its inception. For our second year, he generously provided funding for the 2012 Boomer Futures Think Tank series.

When asked to explain the connection between transportation and planned communities he replied,

“In over 45 years I have witnessed a lot of failures in new communities concepts. Many of these attempts have failed because of inattention to some fundamental economic concepts that seem to dictate who survives and who doesn’t.

“As an example, if you plan to have food store in the midst of the new community, don’t assume everyone is going to patronize the place. Only twenty percent of the available pool of potential customers will actually buy stuff there. Often a developer will assume that all the residents will support the store; wrong assumption.

“The success or failure of a new planned community will ultimately be determined on how well the planners have paid attention to accessibility issues, i.e. transportation issues. All architecture students need to be required to take a transportation geography or planning course. Instead of “location, location, location” for business success, it should be “accessibility, accessibility, accessibility.””

In 2013 Honea gave a Boomer Futures Think Tank presentation, “New Cities Concept: Begin with the End in Mind.” He said that long-life communities must consider balance between utility, usability, accessibility, desirability, affordability, viability and compatibility. The video of his talk is available here.

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