LONGEVICITY

SOCIAL INCLUSION FOR THE ELDERLY THROUGH WALKABILITY



Future cities will be characterized by the growing presence of long-lived citizens and a high rate of automation in traffic dynamics. How to foster the social inclusion and active ageing of the elderly in forthcoming urban scenarios?

To this end, LONGEVICITY has the objective to study walkability and pedestrian mobility in the city of Milan, Italy, considering the specific needs of senior citizens.

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FONDAZIONE CARIPLO

LONGEVICITY is funded by Fondazione Cariplo within the Call Scientific Research 2017 “Aging and social research: people, places and relations”, along the period between April 2018 and December 2020 [Grant No.2017-0938].


towards future cities

The cities of the future will be characterized by the need to design age-friendly transportation infrastructures and mobility services. LONGEVICITY is based on a methodological interplay between social research and innovative technologies to study the increasing role that autonomous vehicles will have on walkability and age-driven pedestrian mobility.

towards AN AFFECTIVE WALKABILITY

Walkability is the measure of the overall walking and living conditions in an area and is defined as the extent to which the built environment is friendly to the presence of people walking, living, shopping, visiting, enjoying, or spending time in an area. Affective walkability counts on the emotional perception and feeling in the interaction between pedestrians and traffic. Road crossing, collision avoidance and autonomous vehicles dynamics trust are studied through the physiological responses acquired by using wearable devices, and collecting feeling opinions during dedicated focus groups.

SOCIAL INCLUSION AND ACTIVE AGEING

LONGEVICITY has the objective to support the social inclusion and active ageing of the long-lived citizens by fostering their autonomous mobility. The project is aimed at assessing and enhancing the level of walkability of some areas of the City of Milan (level of accessibility, comfort and safety), considering the needs and perceptions of the elderly with respect to the environment, mobility infrastructures and services, and feeling.


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