Rapid population growth and the competition for space in cities, creates the need for affordable housing. It is a pressing global concern.
Affordable housing typically refers to the solutions to provide accommodation and services for lower income households. Some common failings of affordable housing schemes relate to their disconnection from supporting infrastructure such as public transport, retail and commercial services and the lack of provision for communal spaces. The idea of affordability is intertwined with accessibility and proximity.
This concept lead our research team to the broader consideration of affordable habitats rather than affordable housing.
Our concept was to develop solutions for affordable habitats that evoke and embody the human scale. An exploration of the human scale can foster new and mutually beneficial connections between demographics and demonstrate positive methods for forming interdependent relationships within communities.
Our approach to affordable habitats considers the human scale through three components, to alleviate the pressure on primary living spaces and engage secondary spaces. These three components are the integration of the built environment, infrastructure networks and social capital. We have coined this the BISI framework.
The BISI framework supports lower income households in compromised situations by providing them places to live, connect and socialise. It is adaptable across the age & demographic spectrum. This research publication features two case studies: Affordable Habitats for Students & Seniors.