Seeing Through the Eyes of Older Adults

  • Belinda YuenEmail author
  • Emily Soh


The See and Snap study uses a user-based qualitative research approach involving older people to take photographs of the built environment using their smart phones. It offers a way to see through their eyes how older adults perceive, negotiate and experience the outdoor built environment in their everyday journeys. It is one of three tools developed in the Urban Audit to understand the experiential perspective of older users and the barriers they face when using the outdoor built environment. The findings revealed that the respondents visited a range of places, structured and incidental, purposeful and social spaces, in their everyday lives within their neighbourhoods and outside of their town. They particularly liked the convenience and proximity of amenities like markets, local shopping and green spaces to their homes.


Built environmentBuilt Environment Social spacesSocial Space shoppingShopping Bukit Panjang Community gardensCommunity Gardens 
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We gratefully acknowledge the following for their generous support and assistance with the See and Snap Urban Audit Survey: our colleagues Cheong Sue Wei and Parvathi Nair for facilitating the group discussions with respondents; Bukit Panjang Town residents who participated in the survey and generously shared with us their responses and experiences of their urban environment. And our colleague Adithi Moogoor for assisting with the photo presentation in this Chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Singapore University of Technology and DesignSingaporeSingapore

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