Did you know that in less than 20 years there will be a major shift in the population of the United States? During this shift, one out of every five people will be 65 or older. Our aging population brings many challenges. One of the challenges that many of our elderly will face is affordable housing issues. Because of this future need, a group of Virginia Tech students has decided to devote their fifth-year thesis project to the subject.
Architecture for an Aging America
These forward-thinking students have come up with a unique title for their program. Architecture for an Aging America is designed to build an affordable home for an elderly couple in need. This home will be designed with their personal needs in mind. The home will be constructed in the New River Valley region and it will serve as a model for future homes. This home will be customized to meet the needs of the elderly which will make life much easier. Studies have found that less than one percent of homes built today are designed for the elderly. This causes a great need for alternative style homes which some believed will be the future of architecture.
A Kickstarter Campaign Is Born
To fund this project, a Kickstarter page has been setup. The money received will help pay for the cost of materials and all the necessary legal permits needed to build. Currently, the group has raised over $4,000 for the project but hopes to raise much more before the campaign comes to an end. This pilot program once fully funded will pave the way for future projects that will greatly benefit our aging population. The money donated will be more of an investment for the future than a charity for just one couple. If you would like to donate you can find the page here: https://goo.gl/7llzls