Friday, September 9, 2011

A New Issue of Open House International Released - Affordable Housing, Quality, and Lifestyle Theories


Guest Editors:

Professor Ashraf M. Salama, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
Dr Urmi Sengupta, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen's University, Belfast.

The issue of housing affordability is widespread worldwide. Governments have responded to this issue through ways of cost reductions in order to make homes available at a price that a user is able to pay. However, this area of concern has been a permanent preoccupation of housing technocrats consumed in the quality and location of the housing unit, often overlooking other socio-cultural and psychological dimensions adhered to it. Housing quality is a composite good with a variety of attributes, including: structural condition, standard of services, amenities, location, usable space and occupancy standards. It can, at the same time be laden with physical, economic and cultural dimensions. People purposively (or un-purposively) use the externally defined meanings of ‘housing’ to situate themselves with others who share their values and life-styles in asserting their social status and identity. Understanding how these issues of affordability may relate to people’s preferences and lifestyles mandates an understanding of housing quality and lifestyle theories.


Editorial: Changing Paradigms in Affordable Housing, Quality and Lifestyle Theories
Ashraf M. Salama and Urmi Sengupta

The Housing Triangulation: A Discourse on Quality, Design and Lifestyles.
Urmi Sengupta, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Transdisciplinary Knowledge for Affordable Housing
Ashraf M. Salama, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.

Modeling Quality and Housing Preferences for Affordable New Housing Developments.
Alina Delgado and Frank De Troyer, Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium.

The Cost of Housing: More than Just Dollars.
R.J. Fuller and U.M. de Jong, Deakin University, Australia.

Affordable Housing in Turkey: User Satisfaction in Toki Houses.
Miray Gür, Uludag University, and Neslihan Dostoğlu, Istanbul Kültür University, Turkey.

Minimum Energy Maximum Space: Higher-Density Attached Family Housing.
N. K. Burford, J. Thurrot, A.D. Pearson, University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Lifestyle and Affordability Choices in Traditional Housing of Old Dhaka.
Iftekhar Ahmed, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Towards Affordability: Maximising Use Value in Low-Income Housing.
Dina Shehayeb, Housing and Building National Research Centre, Egypt, and Peter Kellett, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Which is Better, Social Houses or Gecekondus?
Ebru Cubukcu, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey.

Challenges and Prospects for Affordable and Sustainable Housing, Yola, Nigeria.
Jallaludeen Muazu and Derya Oktay, Eastern Mediterranean University, Northern Cyprus, Turkey.

Squatter Housing as a Model for Affordable Housing in Developing Countries.
Elmira Gür – Yurdanur Dülgeroğlu Yüksel, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.

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