The accessible world to be launched at Italiaeleva

 In Accessibilty

On the occasion of the fourth edition of Italiaeleva, the event focused on the international and Italian lift sector, organised by Anacam and Anica associations (Milan 10-12 May, Milan Marriott Hotel), Elevatori is launching the book “The accessible world” aiming at spreading the accessibility culture.
The book will be available starting from May and it will be distributed at the most important Italian and international sector exhibitions, University seminars and professional training courses. The book is also available directly through Elevatori at elemail@elevatori.it.

Title: Il mondo accessibile
Edizioni: Volpe Editore Srl
Editor: Federica Villa
Translations: Paola Grassi
Pages: 160 a colori
Languages: inglese e italiano
Cost: € 15,00
ISBN 978-88-943540-0-3
First edition May 2018

Going out, walking down the stairs or reaching the upper floors of a building, these are daily actions that not always everyone is able to accomplish independently. In order to allow maximum freedom of movements for all of us, it is necessary that spaces are designed keeping in mind the actual needs of those who will use them throughout their lives. Even more, if we consider the data relevant to the ageing of population in industrialised countries. Traditionally, the accessibility topic refers to those who have permanent motor disabilities and move using wheelchairs. Increasingly, on the other hand, accessibility is a largely discussed topic also in reference to an extended user base, made up of people with temporary physical limitations, cognitive or sensory difficulties, children and the elderly. This inclusive approach to design transforms the accessibility topic into a universal right.
With the book “The accessible world”, the editorial staff of Elevatori (Volpe Editore) has overcome the specialist boundaries of the vertical transportation, and more generally other lifting equipment, in a social and urban dimension.

Thanks to a call for papers aimed at the academic world and professionals, Elevatori has received a number of papers, more or less technical, selected based on four topics:

  • Accessibility to public and private buildings;
  • Accessibility to urban areas;
  • Accessibility to historical-monumental places;
  • Vertical accessibility.

There are, as well, less technical papers frameworking and discussing current trends and framing the accessibility topic within a wider picture, aiming at an interdisciplinary cooperation:

  • Demographic growth and megacities;
  • Dementia friendly communities;
  • Accessible tourism.

An interview to Marco Rasconi, president of the Italian Union fighting against muscular dystrophy, closes the book. The interview discusses the accessibility level of our cities and homes.


Book contents

  • Accessibility, a universal right.
    Federica Villa, Elevatori Magazine


  • Accessibility and design, history and evolution.
    Alessandro Greco, University of Pavia

Urban accessibility

  • From overcoming architectural barriers to Universal Design.
    Elena Giacomello, Federica Alberti, Dario Trabucco IUAV University of Venice
  • UNI Practice- Redesigning for the Universal Design.
    Fiaba Fondo Italiano Abbattimento Barriere Architettoniche
  • City lifts, a heritage to promote.
    Alessandro Greco, University of Pavia
  • The inclined flat ramps.
    Marina Pugnaletto, Sapienza University of Rome

Public and private accessibility

  • Intervention on the existing heritage.
    Cesira Paolini, Sapienza University of Rome
  • University historical buildings.
    Gianfranco Talarico, University of Turin


  • Big cities of present and future times.
    Giuseppe Iotti, expert of the vertical transportation industry
  • Inclusive cities for the elderly.
    Rita D’Alfonso, psychologist
  • The accessible tourism.
    Claudio Castegnaro, IRS (Institute for social research)
  • Manifesto for the promotion of accessible tourism.
    By Maurizio Arturo Boiocchi, IULM University, Milan

Vertical accessibility

  • Visiting historical places and monuments.
    Alessandro Roversi, Schindler
  • Is the fully inclusive city still far away?
    Luc Rivet, Elca European Lift & Lift Component Association
  • Lift smart technologies for elders.
    Papageorgiou Eleftherios, Stratigakis Nikolaos, Alexandros Psychogios, Entranet
  • Accessibility, hearing aids & loop amplifiers.
    John Trett, C.E. Electronics


  • Interviewing Marco Rasconi, Uildm Italian Union fighting muscular dystrophy.
    Federica Villa, Elevatori Magazine