WIT Press

ASSESSMENT OF A URBAN SUSTAINABILITY AND LIFE QUALITY INDEX FOR ELDERLY

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SDP-V12-N5-908-921

Volume

Volume 12 (2017), Issue 5

Pages

13

Page Range

908 - 921

Author(s)

D. ASTIASO GARCIA, F. CUMO, E. PENNACCHIA, V. STEFANINI PENNUCCI, G. PIRAS, V. DE NOTTI & R. ROVERSI

Abstract

The research here presented originates from some of the ongoing challenges of our society: the demographic changes and the high share of population living in urban areas. The aim of the research is the definition of an index of sustainability and quality of life for elderly at suburban scale, not only able to outline aspects related to the local territorial context but also to represent the neighbourhood level. This would provide significant added value to existing indicators that represent the quality of life for much larger areas as cities, regions and nations. Indeed, it is universally recognised that the quality of life varies quite considerably depending on whether you live in different neighbourhoods or urban areas.

The index proposed with the research is elaborated on the base of objective and subjective indicators integrated with the judgment of experts, in order to give an accurate and truthful weight to each indicator. Moreover, it has been elaborated for microscale analysis, dividing urban areas into cells, in order to highlight more in detail the real needs of each specific zone.

As a result, the elaborated index would be an available tool to be provided to the local public administration to facilitate and optimise the urban planning and management, prioritizing interventions on the base of the sustainability principles and subjective needs of the population, in particular of elderly.

Keywords

ageing society, built environment, urban cell, urban sustainability index