Join Minnesota Design Team (MDT) for their annual retreat!

When: Saturday, Jan. 29 at 9:00 am–12:00 pm.
Where: Zoom
When you register, you will receive the Zoom access link.

Agenda:
— Minnesota Design Team co-chair update
— Visit updates in the time of COVID-19
— Spring Quarterly Volunteer Meeting topics
— Life-Cycle Housing in Greater Minnesota Panel
— Q&A

Life-Cycle Housing in Greater Minnesota: Assessing the Need and Possible Design Solutions

Many greater Minnesota communities struggle with housing shortages and imbalances. These deficiencies negatively impact their local economies, social environment, and can be detrimental to their long-term viability and vitality. The issue comes up frequently during Minnesota Design Team visits and in the last five years MDT has started to use a standard slide as part of the community presentation to describe/illustrate “life-cycle housing” and what segments of the community benefit from having sufficient housing to meet needs at every stage of life. This panel discussion/seminar will present several assessments of the dimensions of the housing shortages, their impacts, and design and policy solutions.

Learning Objectives:
1) Participants will be able describe the dimensions of the housing shortages and imbalances and understand how to effectively assess the situation in a particular community
2) Participants will understand why and how housing imbalances negatively impact the economic and social vitality of communities
3) Participants will learn about successful (and unsuccessful) strategies to address community challenges
4) Participants will learn about the various design solutions—life-cycle housing—that can effectively address the varied needs of a community’s residents

Speakers: 
— Kelly Asche, Research Associate at the Center for Rural Policy and Development
— Brian NowakSweetgrass Design Studio
— Daniel Lightfoot, Intergovernmental Relations Representative at the League of Minnesota Cities
Cap O’RourkeExecutive Director at MN Small Cities (MAOSC)

AIA Minnesota is a registered provider with the AIA Continuing Education System. 2.0 HSW Learning Unit/Hours are approved for the Minnesota Design Team Retreat.

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