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Exploring inaccessibility in pedestrian spaces and the built environment for older people

Exploring inaccessibility in pedestrian spaces and the built environment for older people

Overview

An opportunity to take part in a workshop to discuss age-related challenges and barriers in the built environment.

  • Friday 25th November 2016 10:00
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Aim

The aim of the workshops is to find out about the age-related challenges and barriers that people face in the built environment. This might range from steps and curbs, onto crowded public spaces. The researchers are developing an automated system that would highlight these disadvantages by using digital sensing on a smartphone. With your help, they can better define the specific issues that arise and therefore design the system to identify these barriers more accurately, especially those more subtle barriers which are not always fully recognised in existing planning guidance.  

Volunteer Criteria

The researcher is looking for anyone who experiences difficulties in the built environment and who is interested in improving accessibility of the public realm.

Participants must also be over the age of 60.

What will I be asked to do?

Participants will be asked to attend a workshop in a small group to discuss some examples of inaccessibility. You will discuss places mentioned by participants using Google Street View and video materials collected by the researcher to learn from your experiences of accessibility issues in the built environment.

The workshop will last 2 hours including breaks and refreshments.

When & where?

The workshops will take place on Friday 25th November. Participants will be split into two workshop groups.

Workshop 1 - 10:00-12:00

Workshop 2 - 14:00-16:00

They will take place on the Second Floor Biomedical Research Building, Campus for Ageing and Vitality.

Will I get anything for taking part?

Travel expenses will be covered by the researcher and participants will also receive a £10 voucher as a thank you for coming.

Location

Room 2.33 Second Floor, Biomedical Research Building
Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 5PL

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