December 2, 2010 — The University of Virginia Institute on Aging and its partners in the Livable for a Lifetime initiative will open "Housing the Future: Reinventing Where We Age," an exhibition featuring accessible and affordable housing design for a rapidly aging population.
The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Charlottesville Community Design Center, 100 5th St. NE, located on the second story of the Market Street parking garage overlooking the east end of the Downtown Mall. The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 31. Regular gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The exhibition incorporates research from the U.Va. School of Architecture's ecoMOD XS studio, which has developed prefabricated "accessory dwelling unit" prototypes to provide housing options for a wide range of ages and abilities. Content from North Carolina State University's Center for Universal Design is also part of the display.
The exhibition's launch marks the beginning of a two-month series of events intended to spark a community dialogue about aging in place in the Charlottesville region.
Upcoming events to be held in association with the exhibition include a presentation on incorporating universal design features into existing homes, a design workshop to inform the development of an affordable, age-friendly neighborhood in Charlottesville, and a self-guided tour of accessible and visitable residences in the area. All events are free and open to the public. Information about these events will be posted here and here.
Livable for a Lifetime was launched as an initiative of The 2020 Plan: Aging in Community to promote change in the practice, policy, design and construction of homes, businesses and communities to be more friendly for persons of all ages. Partners include the U.Va. Institute on Aging, the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, Piedmont Housing Alliance, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, the Charlottesville Community Design Center, the Chamber of Commerce's Aging in Place Business Roundtable, ARC of the Piedmont and the Senior Center.