Transgenerational Design: A Heart Transplant for Housing

  • J. J. Pirkl


Time and circumstances reshape one’s expectations and priorities. Responding to his past research and the realities of the aging process, the author describes why and how he designed and built the first fully accessible house aimed directly at Baby Boomers and beyond. The project offers a vehicle for broadening consumer awareness of, and increasing the demand for, “transgenerational” housing and household products. This uniquely innovative design neutralizes many restrictive effects of aging, accidents, illness or chronic conditions. It also demonstrates that attractive transgenerational houses can be designed to promote, provide, and extend independent living, remove barriers, offer wider options, supply greater choices, and enhance the quality of life for all – the young, the old, the able, the disabled – without penalty to any group.


Household Product Wheelchair User Outdoor Space Bamboo Flooring Water Closet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. J. Pirkl
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  1. 1.All-University Gerontology Center, Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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