Accessibility in the Smart City

  • Giuseppe Trieste Fiaba Onlus
  • Silvia Gabrielli Fiaba Onlus
Keywords: accessibility, quality of life, universal design.


FIABA is a cultural route for all, its aim is to promote a Global Accessibility and a Universal Usability through the removal of architectural, cultural, psychological and sensory barriers. FIABA is carrying out a real change and a cultural renewal in the name of equal opportunities. Respect for the environment in which we live is also a duty towards the younger generations to whom we must deliver a world in which free movement and the normal use of spaces are goals already achieved. There are millions of citizens who, because of their physical conditions are prisoners in their homes because there isn’t any elevator or any elevator maintenance. FIABA project aims at implementing “a Space for all” or “a landscape for all” following the path of the ONU Convention on the Rights of People with disabilities with an emphasis on architectural, cultural, and psychological barriers, the last ones in particular, create barriers to equal opportunities and they are often carriers of discrimination. The principle of accessibility is invoked in Article 9 of the Convention which confirms the principle that people have a right to live independently and participate fully in all spheres of life and thus States are required to take all necessary measures to ensure accessibility to physical environment, transport, information and communications, including systems and technologies of information and communication and other facilities and services open to the public, both in urban and rural areas.


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Author Biographies

Giuseppe Trieste, Fiaba Onlus
He was born in St. George Morgeto (RC) in 1950.'s President FIABA (Italian Fund for the removal of architectural barriers). He spent a brilliant sport with participation in three Paralympics 1972-76-80 wherein won three gold medals and three bronze. Co-founder of Sports for the Disabled in 1983 is ANTHAI presiding for the next 20 years. In 2000 constitutes FIABA Onlus, a non-profit social organization dedicated to the mission to promote the universal usability and design environments to full accessibility according to the principles of Universal Design, a full social integration and equal opportunity. Member of the National Observatory on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, was appointed a member of the Associations of the Permanent Look for the integration of students with disabilities and the Ministry of Education of the Committee for the promotion of accessible tourism and the Ministry of Heritage and Activities cultural and Tourism.
Silvia Gabrielli, Fiaba Onlus
Born in Rome on 28 May 1985, he graduated in Architectural Engineering at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" at the age of 25 years. For two years he worked at FIABA non-profit organization, working alongside the President of the Technical and at tables and Technical Working Groups within the institutions. FIABA always works with professional associations in initiatives to raise awareness about architectural barriers, sensory and cultural activities.


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How to Cite
TriesteG., & GabrielliS. (2014). Accessibility in the Smart City. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 7(2), 185-198.