House as home : emotions centred design for disability

Franz, Jill M., Bitner, Grace, & Wright, Natalie (2010) House as home : emotions centred design for disability. In Proceedings of the 7th International Design & Emotion Conference 2010, IIT Institute of Design, Spertus Institute, Chicago, Illinois, pp. 1-10.

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In this paper we highlight how current approaches to design for disability have failed to consider the emotional needs not only of those with disabilities but their families and other carers as well. In conjunction with this, we demonstrate through a review of literature the significance of the house, the home and home in the support and growth of the person as a whole in association with their loved ones, and the potential inequity that arises when the emotional and holistic dimensions of 'being' are neglected. With a growing trend nationally and internationally away from group and shared housing, a greater focus on the family and their home is required. However, as research has shown, home for families where a family member has a disability is not necessarily a positive experience; it can be a source of stress, work, conflict and burden, arousing emotions ranging from loss of control through guilt. As proposed in the paper, consideration of the negative as well as positive emotions demands exploration of the 'middle ground' between institutions and home-based care models. This paper outlines the beginning of one such exploration.

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ID Code: 41324
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Design, Disability, Emotion
ISBN: 9780615406664
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 by Design and Emotion Society
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Deposited On: 15 Apr 2011 06:35
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 13:51

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