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Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation Congress,

30th October -2nd November 2018, Dublin Castle


The PhD student proposes a method of community involvement in the planning and in the regeneration of historical centers, in support of the city’s ac-cessibility and people’s well-being. The outcomes of the research are the analysis and the studies conducted over three years with people with sensory, physical and cognitive impairments on the sustainable mobility of historical spaces of Rome, thanks to an agreement between the Phd Student Start up Research Project fi-nanced by Sapienza, Università di Roma and the Municipality of Rome. Citizens are involved in the analysis process: they communicate their opinions, impres-sions, perceptions and needs related to the city experience through a dedicated help-desk, in return, they receive an advice service and a design project for their apartment that suits their necessities. Thanks also to several tours and surveys conducted with people with special needs, the phd student studies the human senses, the perception of the space, the physical barriers, natural and urban ele-ments, with the aim to elaborate an accessibility-map of the City Center Cultural Heritage and Archaeological Sites. Citizens can contribute by sharing information about the status of the public spac-es, or by giving advice on adaptive-ergonomic urban furnishings. The research aims to elaborate an application for mobile systems that identifies an interactive cartography of the city available for all the citizens, especially people with re-duced mobility. The map, developed on multiple layers, also contains the layer made up of people’s emotions and their perceptions

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