Livable Communities for Aging Populations: Urban Design for Longevity

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An innovative look at design solutions for building lifelongneighborhoods

Livable Communities for Aging Populations providesarchitects and designers with critical guidance on urban planningand building design that allows people to age in their own homesand communities. The focus is on lifelong neighborhoods, wherehealthcare and accessibility needs of residents can be metthroughout their entire life cycle.

Written by M. Scott Ball, a Duany Plater-Zyberk architect withextensive expertise in designing for an aging society, thisimportant work explores the full range of factors involved indesigning for an aging population—from social, economic, andpublic health policies to land use, business models, and builtform. Ball examines in detail a number of case studies ofcommunities that have implemented lifelong solutions, discussinghow to apply these best practices to communities large and small,new and existing, urban and rural. Other topics include:

  • How healthcare and disability can be integrated into an urbanenvironment as a lifelong function

  • The need for partnership between healthcare providers, communitysupport services, and real-estate developers

  • How to handle project financing and take advantage of lessonslearned in the senior housing industry

  • The role of transportation, access, connectivity, and buildingdiversity in the success of lifelong neighborhoods

Architects, urban planners, urban designers, and developers willfind Livable Communities for Aging Populations bothinstructive and inspiring. The book also includes a wealth ofpertinent information for public health officials working on policyissues for aging populations.

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M. Scott Ball is an Atlanta-based architect and senior project manager for Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ). He was previously involved in numerous hurricane recovery housing efforts and the creation of Louisiana's The Road Home and Mississippi Home Again programs. Ball was also co-executive director of the Community Housing Resource Center in Atlanta and served as president of the Association for Community Design, a national network of community design associations.

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