University of Southern Indiana
MAGIC Class Photo

MAGIC Project

Minka Ribbon Cutting and Open House:
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Outside area between Red Mango entrance of Forum Wing and the Education Center

MAGIC stands for Multi-Ability, multi-Generational Inclusive Communities, and it is a concept pioneered by senior living innovator Dr. Bill Thomas. This past year, Dr. Thomas and his team have led a collaboration among USI students, faculty and community to create new ways of thinking about intergenerational housing and relationships and to plan for the construction of a model Minka "tiny house" on the USI campus.

The Minka blends centuries-old Japanese construction techniques with robot-driven manufacturing tools and innovative technology to create housing that meets the specific needs of the people who live in them.

Wednesday's program will include remarks from Dr. Ronald Rochon, USI President; Dr. Bill Thomas; Dr. Ann White, dean of USI's College of Nursing and Health Professions; and Addison Pollock, associate state director of Advocacy and Outreach at AARP Indiana. The project is being financially underwritten through the USI Foundation with additional support from AARP, which has been a strong supporter of the work of Dr. Bill Thomas.

Reserved Parking: For October 24 ribbon cutting event, there will be reserved parking for off-campus guests in Lot I (lower pay lot) on the west side of campus.

About MAGIC: 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.

Learn more about MAGIC

News and Updates

Minka Soil Sampling Photo

Dr. Adam Tennant, assistant professor of Engineering, and his CE381 (Soil Mechanics) students perform initial soil tests at the anticipated site of the MAGIC Model House on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana. 

"Sampling soil is vital so that subsequent tests can be performed to identify the soil type and discover the behavior of the soil," said Tennant. "We used a hand auger with a  3-1/4”  head to drill into the soil at three different locations. We collected the soil at various depths to determine the moisture content of the soil in situ."

Additionally, the students collected all the soil at a depth of around 3 feet to determine, gradation (size of particles), specific weight, plasticity, permeability and will collect more samples at later dates during the semester.

Non-credit option added to MAGIC course
 (Multi-Ability, multi-Generational Inclusive Community Building)

Kyrié Carpenter, a member of Dr. Bill Thomas' team, will be teaching the HP490 course again during the Fall 2018 semester. This one-credit hour course has been modified to allow an opportunity for community members and USI employees to enroll, which will result in a class roster that is intergenerational. This course is an introduction to the MAGIC pilot project between Dr. Bill Thomas and USI. During the course, participants will explore the dynamic complexity of building inclusive communities for people of different ages, abilities and backgrounds.

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