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A Past and Future Vision for Aging in Place

A look at two forward-thinking housing concepts, created 50 years apart for a still unmet need

The last chapter of Making Room: Housing for a Changing America — a publication by AARP and the National Building Museum — looks at two innovative homes, one from 1961, the other as imagined in the 2010s for the future.

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Images from AARP and Hollwich Kushner,

Pages 82 and 84 from "Making Room: Housing for a Changing America"

Created by AARP and presented at the first-ever White House Conference on Aging, the House of Freedom introduced "universal design" features that help people safely and independently age in place. 

Skyler, a housing concept envisioned by architect and innovator Matthias Hollwich as a "New Aging Tower," provides a home and community for all of life's stages.

Making Room: Housing for a Changing America was published in 2019

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