Public lectures and events

Free Public Lecture: Housing Alternatives for an Aging Population Conference

Wed, 28 May 2014 7:00 PM

Free Lecture:
The Power of Community by Charles Durrett

Charles Durrett, a pioneering co-housing expert, considers how creating age-friendly communities offers opportunities and challenges as the North American population ages. As we move into the 21st century, creating physical and social environments to support independent and active living and enabling people in their 50s, 60s and beyond to continue contributing to the community is vital.

This free public lecture is presented as part of the Housing Alternatives for an Aging Population Conference, hosted by the SFU Gerontology Research Centre in collaboration with SFU Lifelong Learning's Adults 55+ Program, and sponsored by the David and Cecilia Ting Endowment for Education for Public Responsibility and the Adults 55+ Program.

For more information, visit

Date(s): Wed, May 28, 2014, 7–8:30 p.m.

Location: Room 1400-1430 (Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre), SFU Vancouver

Admission: Free and open to anyone of any age, but please Register


  • Charles Durrett

    Charles Durrett, a California-based architect and author, specializes in "cohousing," a type of intentional community composed of small private homes with full kitchens, supplemented by extensive common facilities. A cohousing community is planned, owned and managed by the residents—that is, groups of people who want more interaction with their neighbours. He is a major proponent of senior cohousing, also known as elder cohousing, which refers to residential communities specifically designed for seniors.

    Durrett is author of The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living (2009, 2nd ed.), and with Kathryn McCamant, is co-author of Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves (1988) and Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities (2011).

    He is recipient or co-recipient of numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects and others for various completed projects.



Phone: 778-782-8000 (or toll-free 1-844-782-8877)