Resilient Living Environments: Identifying a Design Approach to Creating Housing Suited to Culture and Context


This paper's focus is on identifying a system for devising and implementing a culture and context specific planning and design approach to creating the right low cost housing solutions for sites prone to flooding and ground instability. Two sites are explored, one in Sri Lanka and the other in Nanjing, China. The paper first presents the culture and context specific approach for each location, and then compares and analyses these. While the one for Sri Lanka takes a more direct design practice focused approach, that for Nanjing is more theoretical and academic. Each approach is defined by the designer's own cultural background, and knowledge and understanding of the local context, culture and people. The intention of this comparison is to highlight the uniqueness of each contextual situation and the significance of having a specific solution, appropriate to site, and driven with awareness of the designers own limitations and strengths. The solutions presented are compared for similarities and differences and then analysed for potential for adaptability to the other sites, predominantly from an environmental suitability perspective, and in this sense the ability to transfer the approach and solution to another contextual environment.

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Shenuka de Sylva, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Arnaud Leurquin, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

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Conference: ACSS2017
Stream: Urban Studies

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