AbstractThe documents dealing with sustainable development in the urban context recognize imperative need to improve the quality of human settlements which profoundly affects daily lives and well being of people. The increasing number of older people os one the main demographic problems in Poland and affluent Western societies. As we are getting older there is an urgency to rethink. among other problems, housing needs of this rapidly growing segment of population. Whether adapting the existing housing stock or building new estates, the needs of elderly people must be recognized and articulated. There is variety of special houses for elderly people in Europe an in the USA, but in Poland this problem is not very well recognized. This project attempts to bridge this gap. The main problem of this research is how to build environment that is friendly for elderly people, which satisfies all their needs and allows for high quality independent life event in advanced age. Methods Research conducted participants of age 60+ mostly living in Warsaw and quite well educated. The questionnaire included queries about - housing situation - everyday activity - trust in other people // Additionally card sorting method was used to measure relative importance of housing needs of respondents. Cluster analysis reveled three different types of elderly people. The first type consists of people who are living in big flats, They participate in cultural life but are not religious. Their housing needs include living in pretty surrounding with good access to internet and culture. The second type - people who do not participate in cultural and religious life. Their housing needs are concentrated on facilities of disabled people such as, lifts, ramps and good access to medical services. Almost all males where in this group. People living in small flats not adapted for elderly constituted the third group. They are very religious, Their housing needs are concentrated on culture, good access to medical care and special facilities for elderly people. The results of the present studies underline the relative importance of diverse housing needs that vary as a function of social characteristics of elderly people. Characteristics of the three detected types of elderly people proved important of their physical needs but also requirements regarding the surrounding - social and physical environment and cultural needs. According to the results elderly people can not be perceived as a homogenous group. In order to ensure sustainability of their dwellings, research and design should deal with these differences by diagnosing needs and offering adequate opportunities for active life. Talking into account that our society is getting older we should recognize the importance of an interdisciplinary research that focuses on quality of life that social group.