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Sustainability 2017, 9(3), 420; doi:10.3390/su9030420

Public Open Space Development for Elderly People by Using the DANP-V Model to Establish Continuous Improvement Strategies towards a Sustainable and Healthy Aging Society

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Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Macau University of Science and Technology, Avenida Wai Long, Taipa 999078, Macau, China
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Graduate Institute of Urban Planning, College of Public Affairs, National Taipei University, 151, University Rd., San Shia District, New Taipei City 23741, Taiwan
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School of architecture and urban planning, Guangdong University of Technology, 100, West Ring Road, Panyu District, Guangzhou 510006, China
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Zhongshan Institute, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, 1, Xueyuan Road, Shiqi District, Zhongshan 528402, China
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College of Creative Design, Asia University, 500, Lioufeng Rd., Wufeng, Taichung 41354, Taiwan
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Academic Editors: Mark Rosenberg, Wuyi Wang, Thomas Krafft, Linsheng Yang and Yang Cheng
Received: 31 December 2016 / Revised: 25 February 2017 / Accepted: 7 March 2017 / Published: 11 March 2017
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Abstract

With the global trend of population aging, how to integrate the health needs of elderly people into public open space (POS) development while taking into account public interest is a major challenge in the 21st century. Although the issues of elderly people’s health and their POS needs are receiving increasing attention, research on continuous improvement strategies for POS for healthy aging societies is still limited. Hence, this study explored continuous improvement strategies thoroughly and systematically by using the DANP-V model. The findings revealed cognitive differences between expert and elderly groups. Moreover, water features, waste management, and co-maintenance spaces were the three criteria with the largest gap value. POS improvement has previously been implemented based on a priority order ranked from the criterion with largest gap value to the criterion with the smallest one. However, an alternative approach based on the cause–effect relationship is proposed in this paper. The study findings have both theoretical and practical implications for POS planners and designers. View Full-Text
Keywords: public open space (POS); healthy aging; continuous improvement strategies; DANP-V model; cause–effect relationship public open space (POS); healthy aging; continuous improvement strategies; DANP-V model; cause–effect relationship
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Zhu, B.-W.; Zhang, J.-R.; Tzeng, G.-H.; Huang, S.-L.; Xiong, L. Public Open Space Development for Elderly People by Using the DANP-V Model to Establish Continuous Improvement Strategies towards a Sustainable and Healthy Aging Society. Sustainability 2017, 9, 420.

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