The "Free from housing accessibility problems" app

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding


The present study concerns the development of a computerized tool targeting housing accessibility issues. A user-centered approach involving professionals from the housing sector and senior citizens from four European countries resulted in a fully functional prototype of a mobile application (app) including an apartment database. The app raises awareness on housing accessibility and has the potential to support decision making and strengthen all citizens regardless of functional capacity to be more active in their endeavors for a satisfying housing solution. Further refinements and additional features are needed to enhance the potential benefits; they include addressing potential challenges facing senior citizens, developing interactive features that allow users to provide input and adapting to different national contexts to make the app applicable for the European market.


External organisations
  • MiThings AB
  • Goethe University
  • Italian National Research Centre on Ageing (INRCA)
  • Riga Stradins University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Health Sciences


  • Ageing, Housing provision, ICT products, Social innovations, User involvement
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Design 2016: Learning from the Past, Designing for the Future - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Universal Design, UD 2016
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781614996835
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch
Event3rd International Conference on Universal Design, UD 2016 - York, United Kingdom
Duration: 2016 Aug 212016 Aug 24

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)09269630
ISSN (Electronic)18798365


Conference3rd International Conference on Universal Design, UD 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom

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