Aging and the Built Environment

MIT's AgeLab continues to work with DUSP students and offers the recently developed graduate course Global Aging & The City addressing city design/planning, transportation, housing, social isolation, as well as other factors of the built environment and their influence on the health, wellbeing, and inclusion of an aging population. Attached is a photo of the Age Gain Now Empathy System or AGNES that enables students and researchers to experience first hand some of the friction, fatigue, and often the frustration, felt by older adults when navigating the built environment. It has also been key to redesigning interior retail environments as well as vehicles, e.g., CVS, Daimler.

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