Volume 25, Issue 1 (6-2015)                   IJAUP 2015, 25(1): 21-30 | Back to browse issues page

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Khosravi H, Gharai F, Taghavi S. The impact of local built environment attributes on the elderly sociability. IJAUP. 2015; 25 (1) :21-30
URL: http://ijaup.iust.ac.ir/article-1-195-en.html
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Due to the change of lifestyle and improvement of public health the number of aged people has considerably increased. Considering the relationship of the environment and people, the built environment features could exacerbate or facilitate the elderly people’s vulnerability and social needs. Recently, a large number of studies have put emphasis on the relationship between the neighborhoods’ open spaces attributes and seniors’ social needs. This study seeks to investigate the impact of the built environment indicators on the time the elderly spent in urban spaces of Banafsheh neighborhood in Mashhad. In order to do this, through a cross-sectional survey research, 33 indicators were collected from recent studies and categorized in seven main urban design qualities based on perceived and self-report data collected by questionnaire. A regression analysis revealed the impact of each quality on the sociability of the elderly. Results demonstrate that in this context, “safety” is the most effective factor on the elderly presence in open spaces. “Attractiveness” and “all age presence” are at the next points.
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Type of Study: Research Paper | Subject: Urban Design
Received: 2014/08/1 | Accepted: 2015/01/5 | Published: 2015/06/15

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