SAMOA – Sustainability Assessment for Mobility in Austria

By assignment of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in the framework of the research programme “Smart Cities Demo” (7th Call); project duration: Jul 2016 – Jun 2017

Project management: DI Dr. Katharina Kirsch-Soriano da Silva (Caritas Stadtteilarbeit)

Project implementation: Dr. Alexis Sancho-Reinoso (ÖIN)

Project partner: Caritas der Erzdiözese Wien – Hilfe in Not, Stadtteilarbeit; Austrian Institute of Sustainable Development (ÖIN); Austrian Energy Agency (EAE); Schwarzatal Gemeinnützige Wohnungs- & Siedlungsanlagen GmbH; Wohnbauvereinigung der Gewerkschaft Öffentlicher Dienst Gemeinnützige GmbH (WBV GÖD).

This exploratory project aims to create a multidimensional modernisation concept in a participatory process with elderly residents. The concept will comprise measures regarding planning and construction, technology (focusing on smart technologies) and social and community related aspects (raising awareness, encouraging interaction and participation). In an explorative approach methods of involving the elderly residents in the development of measures to create more senior-friendly homes will be tested and evaluated. By doing so, the needs of elderly residents regarding modernisation measures are identified and barriers of acceptance dissipated. Two property developers (in the consortium) are interested in the exploratory study and execution, and provide two housing complexes with mostly elderly residents that were built between 1960 and 1970 as a testbed. The strength and innovation of the approach lies in participatory exploration of methods of participation and forms of modernisation which can be useful especially for the elderly.

Guidelines for senior-friendly technological, social and constructional modernisation measures, a comprehensive process and participation handbook for modernisation projects with elderly residents and precise action plans for the implementation of measures in the two selected housing complexes will be prepared and given to property developers and further relevant stakeholders (e.g. facilitators) as a guidance for future modernisation projects.