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Community Planning & Environmental Design

Research:

  • Develop and test an IG community visioning model (“Futures Festival”).
  • Develop and test participatory approaches to community planning and development.
  • Help establish a conceptual framework and methods for designing environments aimed at facilitating IG exchange.

Extension:

  • Broaden program platform (of IG community planning activities) and extend outreach to CD community
  • Conduct training sessions for community development professionals

Publications:

Thang, L.L. and Kaplan, M. (In Press). Intergenerational pathways for building relational spaces and places. In G.D. Rowles, and M. Bernard (Eds.). Environmental gerontology: Making meaningful places in old age. NYC: Spring Publishing Company.

Jarrott, S., Kaplan, M., and Steinig, S. (2011). Shared sites: Avenues for sharing space, place and life experience across generations. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 9(3), 343-348.

Larkin, E., Kaplan, M., and Rushton, S. (2010). Designing brain healthy environments for intergenerational programs. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 8 (2), 161-176.

Kaplan, M. (2007). Evaluating intergenerational programs that aim to improve the community. In M. Sánchez Martínez (Ed.) The evaluation of intergenerational programs (pp. 102-118). [In English and Spanish]. Madrid, Spain: Instituto de Mayores y Servicios Sociales (IMSERSO).

Kaplan, M., Haider, J., Cohen, U., & Turner, D. (2007). Environmental design perspectives on intergenerational programs and practices: An emergent conceptual framework. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 5(2), 81-110.

Kaplan, M., Higdon, F., Crago, N., & Robbins, L. (2004). Futures Festival: An intergenerational strategy for promoting community participation. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 2 (3/4), 119-146.