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June, 2014

Boomer Futures Think Tank

Friday, June 6, 2014, Ms. Donna Butts

"Intergenerational Communities:  Unleashing the Potential of All Ages"

Donna ButtsDonna is executive director of Generations United in Washington, DC. For more than thirty years, she has worked tirelessly to promote the well-being of children, youth, and older adults through nonprofit organizations across the country and around the world.  An internationally sought-after speaker, author, and advocate, Donna frequently speaks on intergenerational connections, grandparents raising grandchildren, and policies effective across the lifespan. Her commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Wall Street Journal.



Steve Shields


March, 2014

Boomer Futures Think Tank

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Think Tank Will Focus on Intergenerational Community Design

Steve Shields, CEO of Action Pact Development, will speak at our next Boomer Futures Think Tank on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 11:30 am to 1:00 p.m., in 210 Snow Hall, on the campus of the University of Kansas. He will present the topic, "Corridors Connect. But to What and Why?" and will discuss his vision for an interconnected new health care delivery system along the I-70 corridor. 

Mr. Shields will also outline Action Pact's "landmark partnership with Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Missouri, and Healthy Living Centers of America to build the nation's first healthy living community specifically designed to integrate primary, acute, and post-acute healthcare services with an inter-generational living community."

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Professor Susanne Siepl-Coates

February, 2014

Boomer Futures Think Tank

Friday, February 7

The next Boomer Futures Think Tank will be held on Friday, February 7, from 11:30 am to 1:00 p.m. in 210 Snow Hall on the campus of the University of Kansas. Professor Susanne Siepl-Coates and her graduate students from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Design at Kansas State University will present "Ideas on Intergenerational Living–A Studio Perspective."

For several years Professor Siepl-Coates has been teaching intergenerational community design in graduate-level, architectural design studios. Her interest in this topic comes in part from her deep knowledge of German and other European architectural and urban design cultures which have spawned many types of intergenerational communities across the continent over the past several decades.

In addition to the presentation on February 7, student designs from Professor Siepl-Coates' studios and from KU Professors Carswell, Spreckelmeyer, Johnson, and Rashiid will be exhibited in Marvin Hall on the KU campus from January 21, 2014 to January 31, 2014.


November, 2013

Boomer Futures Think Tank

Monday, November 4

Victor RegnierVictor Regnier, a teacher, researcher, and architect who specializes in the design of housing and community settings for older people, is our next speaker. His topic will be “Northern European Housing Models for the Elderly--Lessons for the Campus Village.”

Regnier holds a joint professorship in the Schools of Architecture and Gerontology at the University of Southern California. He is also a fellow in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). He has published ten books and monographs on housing for the elderly and received numerous awards for his scholarship. A Fulbright awardee, Regnier received the Gerontological Society’s Powell Lawton Award for Applied Research.

As an architect,Regnier has consulted on more than 400 building projects in 38 states, Canada, Germany and England. In the last decade, 50 projects for which he has consulted have won national and state design awards.

Professor Regnier is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on housing for the elderly.

The think tank will be from 11:30 to 1:00, Monday, November 4, in 210 Snow Hall on the KU campus. Parking information and directions are available here. The lecture will be free and open to the public. No registration is required.

October, 2013

On October 2, 2013, Dennis Domer, New Cities project director, spoke to the University Community Forum at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries in Lawrence. He described what New Cities participants have learned and what they have accomplished in four years.

His talk is available in three parts on YouTube:

Part One   Part Two   Part Three

September, 2013

Susanne Stadler, principal of Stadler Architecture in the San Francisco Bay area, spoke to the Boomer Futures Think Tank about “Outside Places for People: Opportunities for Social Connectivity and Being at Home with Growing Old.” She proved her point by placing a ping pong table and benches in her front yard in Oakland, attracting neighborhood people of all ages. Her talk included examples of outdoor intergenerational gathering places in communities in Austria and Switzerland.

K State Students

Attendees came from several cities in our region, including an entire architecture studio at Kansas State University in Manhattan. The students were accompanied by their professor, Susanne Siepl-Coates, whose teaching during the past two years has focused on intergenerational community design.

Stadler is a cofounder of and participant in the interdisciplinary network and forum "At Home with Growing Old".

Thanks to Bob Buchanan, who videotaped Stadler’s talk.

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