One would have had to be on a planet in the third solar system past the sun not to have at least learned something about the need to conserve our planet's resources. And the same goes for the concept of designing spaces to accommodate people as they age, what many know as universal design for aging-in-place. So once these concepts are broadly accepted by consumers and clients, what's next?
I propose that what's next is the merging of those into one larger movement. After all, green design focuses on environmental sustainability. Universal design on social sustainability. It seems then only logical that thru the design of environments, the quality of the human experience would be elevated by combining independency thru barrier free spaces with those that provide high quality indoor air (as an example, thru the use of paint finishes with low VOCs.) This would no doubt result in exceptional environments that enhance the quality of the human experience.
Seems simple when you think about it.
Sustainable Design For Aging In Place.
That's what's next after next.