University of Southern Indiana

MAGIC Project

The University of Southern Indiana and the USI Foundation are partnering with Dr. Bill Thomas, a nationally-renowned expert on aging, with support from AARP and AARP Indiana, on a year-long pilot project aimed at creating a cultural transformation related to aging in community. The MAGIC Project will create a Multi-Ability, multi-Generational, Inclusive Community (MAGIC) housing model for both students and older adults.

The pilot project uses participatory design to include campus and community partners and will kick off with design and construction of a USI MAGIC Model House, a demonstration home that will showcase accessibility, smart-home connectivity and innovative modular, prefabricated construction developed by Thomas’ new Minka project. Minkas are intended by Thomas to create an affordable housing platform that can be adapted to meet the needs of people of different ages and abilities.

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News and Updates

Special Topics Course - ST-MAGIC:MultiGenInclCommBldg (Multi-Ability, multi-Generational Inclusive Community Building)

This is a one-credit hour course open to all majors from March 12 through May 2 during the Spring 2018 semester.

  • Where and When: Wednesdays, 1-3:15 pm in Health Professions HP 2052
  • Instructors: Kyrie Carpenter (ChangingAging team member) and Karen Austin (USI adjunct), who will handle onsite logistics.
  • Guest Speakers: Members of Dr. Bill Thomas' team will be joining in lectures and some in-person sessions.
  • Course Description: An introduction to the MAGIC pilot project between Dr. Bill Thomas and USI and an exploration of how students can participate in the project. During the course, participants will explore the dynamic complexity of building inclusive communities for people of different ages, abilities and backgrounds.
  • Registration: To register for this class, students will use "Add/Drop" form. 

In Fall 2018, ST-MAGIC:MultiGenInclCommBldg will be offered twice as a Special Topics Bi-Term Course, and students may register through normal online class registration:

  • Bi-Term I – Wednesday, 1-3:15 pm
  • Bi-Term II – Thursday, 1-3:15 pm

First MAGIC Meeting for USI Faculty and Staff:
Tuesday, February 20, 7:30-8:30 a.m. in Health Professions MAGIC Room (HP 2058)

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