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NPR's Meredith Rizzo shares how architect Matthias Hollwich is rethinking how and where people live as they age.

Hollwich, a visiting professor at University of Pennsylvania, and his students created a conference on aging to talk about how adults could continue to engage with society as they got older.

Maybe a nursing home could turn into a healthiness hub, or an informal volunteering app could provide support to older people, says Rizzo.

Even though Hollwich began by thinking about architecture, he realized that people need to create a social structure that supports them, too.

So he and his architectural firm, HWKN, partnered with Bruce Mau Design to compile ideas in a bright, friendly book, New Aging,published last week by Penguin Books. The book serves as a guide for thinking about aging much earlier.

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