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Global Aging: Planning Cities for a 100-Year Society

Demography is said to be destiny. A new longevity economy is emerging. While all nations are aging, studies indicate that nearly half of the children born in industrialized economies will live over 100 years. By 2047, there may be more adults over 60 years old then children under 15 worldwide. Planning and preparing for a 100-year society is a major challenge for government and business. This course will combine classroom lectures, field studies, and unique experiences, such as an aging simulation suit, to provide students with an understanding of the implications of an aging world and the opportunity to develop new ideas for the built environment. These include the implications of an aging population on: transportation, public services, community design, housing, retail as well as social centers to support a 100-year life.