universal design

2nd Annual Universal Design Day at NAHB/IBS 2012

February 6, 2012
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I‘m heading to Orlando this week for the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builder’s Show. I will be part of the second annual Universal Design Day education and show floor tours. Last year’s activities were very well received so we are repeating it.

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BEST Panel at Silvers Summit

January 16, 2012
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I predicted my panel would be the best at the Silvers Summit. I was right! Not that the competition wasn’t fierce. There were plenty of great folks talking about great things. I lead off with the twin themes that Aging in Place is not about isolated homes and individuals but homes that are part of… Continue Reading BEST Panel at Silvers Summit

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Change, in Time?

October 14, 2011
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It always amazes me how important issues converge and important ideas gather attention from unexpected quarters. I have been on and to many panels, etc. where Aging in Place is rejected because we have so many suburbs and they are a poor fit. I have never disagreed with that, but also know that thinking the… Continue Reading Change, in Time?

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Back from Beijing

October 12, 2011
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Back from a whirlwind trip. I  had a great time. I was the honored guests of many wonderful people.I am surely not the first to say that China is a study in contrasts. Ancient vs ultra modern, ultra urban vs ultra rural, totally traditional and unsophisticated vs highest tech. Aging housing, care, products and services… Continue Reading Back from Beijing

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Patrick Roden, AginginPlace.com

September 21, 2011
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I have been meaning to write about my friend Patrick Roden for a while. Patrick is as dedicated as any of us to Aging in Place. He is a warm and gentle soul who leaves no doubt it is about dignity, choice and respect. His approach is different from mine (which is great) because his… Continue Reading Patrick Roden, AginginPlace.com

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Universal Design in Cars

September 15, 2011
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Universal Design means products that work for as many people as possible without special adaptation. Not everyone uses things in the same way. And you may want to use the same thing a bit differently this time than you did last time.  Universal Design means changes do not require expensive and permanent change. Whether it… Continue Reading Universal Design in Cars

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Cottages Followup- is Universal Design becoming prime time?

September 12, 2011
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Hopefully the cottages project (see the September 8 entry) on which I am working is not so innovative. Hopefully it is just near the tipping point of mainstream. Here are two articles from Builder Online,  a general building world  magazine, speaking of Universal Design as the cutting edge and common new ground of the builder… Continue Reading Cottages Followup- is Universal Design becoming prime time?

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Cottages Update

September 8, 2011
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Writing this entry turned into one of those incredible “how time flies!” lessons.  I last wrote about the exciting Affordable, Green, Universal Design homes I am on the development team for in Howard County Md. in June of 2009. I would not have guessed it was that long ago. (That illustrates one important lesson about the… Continue Reading Cottages Update

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Marketing Series

August 22, 2011
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While we are on this referral to articles and market information lets look at these great Toyota ads. Watch both videos in the Salon.com article, brought to my attention by AARP’s Amy Levner through my work on their Universal Design Consumer Education Task Force. There is nothing about the car. The play is to aspire… Continue Reading Marketing Series

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Universal Design- Coming of Age?

June 20, 2011
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I was recently honored to be on a Universal Design panel for the Maryland National Capital Building Association (MNCBIA) 50+ housing council. My fellow panelists were Mary Jo Peterson and Alan Rector. It was a lively and interested group. Questions were held to the end but just barely. People are hot on this topic. The… Continue Reading Universal Design- Coming of Age?

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