MultiFamily Executive Magazine invited DBA to envision and design the fourth annual Concept Community, a prototype study for housing for a particular demographic. Previous years created housing concepts for millennials and students: This year, it was the Boomers' turn.
DBA's approach to the Concept Community is based on the idea of a healthy community—not just a healthy building, but also a healthy neighborhood—that supports a high quality of life. The overarching principles include promoting physical activity, supporting bicycling, preserving access to fresh food, embracing nature, and fostering community.
We selected a site in Seattle's University District. We chose the university setting because Boomers have a lot to contribute to a university community, and they can they can get a lot out of it as well—including taking classes and accessing the area's concentrated amenities.