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Equity by Design: Virtual Dialogue 3

November 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Equity by Design

How do we make our built environment, at every scale, a tool for disease prevention and the promotion of wellness for all?

As we begin to build and renovate our homes and communities in a post-COVID-19 world, we must radically accelerate the application of an age-friendly framework that addresses disparities. This means housing and communities that are safe, affordable, and facilitate multigenerational interaction; meet sensory, emotional, physical, social, behavioral, and health needs across the lifespan; and include appropriate transportation options—enabling every resident to thrive.

Join this six-part dialogue series, where Dr. Bill Thomas will moderate a conversation with built environment leaders from the U.S. and across the globe, who will share diverse perspectives on what it will take to create enabling and equitable housing and multigenerational communities. Each dialogue is framed around 1-2 key principles for Creating Enabling & Equitable Housing and Multigenerational Communities.

The Equity by Design series is for policymakers, planners, designers and architects, developers, financiers, academic and real estate professionals, age-friendly community advocates, and other colleagues interested in making our built environment a tool to support everyone at every stage across increasingly long lifespans.

Virtual Dialogue 3: Create Appropriate Finance Products

Current finance products limit the renovation or development of housing models that meet the diverse needs of different people over longer lifespans. Financial models and products should facilitate investment in housing stock and communities that enable independence over the lifespan and view lifelong, multigenerational living environments as an asset.


  • Jennifer Ho, Commissioner, Minnesota Housing
  • Feras Qumseya, Vice President of Development, Foulger-Pratt
  • Dr. Raquel Rolnik, Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo
  • Dr. Bill Thomas, Cofounder, ChangingAging.org (Moderator)

Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Health & Age-friendly Communities, AARP

Esther Greenhouse, Built Environment Strategist and Environmental Gerontologist; and Strategic Director, TC Age Friendly Center for Excellence


November 19, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Category:


AARP International
CIDQ: Council for Interior Design Qualification