Livable housing design: Is it likely to work?

Ward, Margaret L., Franz, Jill M., & Adkins, Barbara A. (2011) Livable housing design: Is it likely to work? In Whitzman, Carolyn & Fincher, Ruth (Eds.) Proceedings of State of Australian Cities National Conference 2011, State of Australian Cities Research Network (ACRN), University of Melbourne, pp. 1-10.

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The need for accessible housing in Australia is acute. Both government and the community service sector recognise the importance of well designed accessible housing to optimise the integration of older people and people with disability, to encourage a prudent use of scarce health and community services and to enhance the liveability of our cities. In 2010, the housing industry, negotiated with the Australian Government and community representatives to adopt a nationally consistent voluntary code (Livable Housing Design) and a strategy to provide minimal level of accessibility in all new housing by 2020.

Evidence from the implementation of such programs in the United Kingdom and USA, however, serves to question whether this aspirational goal can be achieved through voluntary codes. Minimal demand at the point of new sale, and problems in the production of housing to the required standards have raised questions regarding the application of program principles in the context of a voluntary code.

In addressing the latter issue, this paper presents early findings from the analysis of qualitative interviews conducted with developers, builders and designers in various housing contexts. It identifies their “logics in use” in the production of housing in response to Livable Housing Design’s voluntary code and indicates factors that are likely to assist and impede the attainment of the 2020 aspirational goal.

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ID Code: 47289
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: livable housing design, accessible housing, people with disability , older people, inclusion
ISBN: 978-0-646-56805-8
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 29 Nov 2011 01:15
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2012 07:09

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