By Rob Imrie

ISBN-10: 0203616731

ISBN-13: 9780203616734

ISBN-10: 0415318912

ISBN-13: 9780415318914

This e-book considers the interrelationships among incapacity and housing layout with a spotlight at the function of coverage in addressing the housing wishes of disabled humans. The e-book will set out a few of the broader debates concerning the nature of housing, caliber and layout: in what methods is household layout and structure implicated in inhibiting or facilitating mobility and circulate of individuals; what's the nature of presidency rules and coverage relating to the layout of domestic environments. up to now there's very little wisdom concerning the diversity of ways to available layout in housing nor how a ways guidelines and practices are sufficient or no longer in growing available domestic environments. This e-book will move a way to deal with this shortfall in wisdom.

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Photograph (c) shows the back entrance to Anne’s house, constructed in such a way that she is unable to use this route. (a) (b) (c) Accessible housing, quality and design revolves around what Young (1990: 38) refers to as ‘oppressive social relations’ – that is, ‘systematic institutional processes that prevent some people from developing and exercising their capacities and expressing their experiences’. These processes are evident in many aspects of disabled people’s interactions with dwellings, including the effects of legal rules and regulations governing the consumption of rented accommodation.

Both standards revolve around the use of design criteria that do not fit in with most people’s idea of what they expect from a dwelling; that is, to be able to live in it and use it (without necessarily being dependent on others). Part M, as outlined in the Introduction to the book, only requires a dwelling to be ‘visitable’ – that is, to permit a person, specifically a wheelchair user, to gain access through the principal entrance to facilitate visits to friends and relatives. It does not require that they be given access to all parts of the dwelling, or that it should be usable (except in a rudimentary sense) (see also the arguments in Chapter 3).

2004). Such views chime, in part, with those of Lawrence (1987) and others who note that the idea of inherent and potential adaptability ought to be core to design thinking and practice in relation to the development of quality in dwellings (see also Collins, 1965; Rapoport, 1977; Pikusa, 1983; Forty, 2000; Hill, 2003). As Lawrence (1987: 23) suggests, inherent adaptability is the design attributes built into the initial design that ‘make a wide range of interpretations possible’ and comprise a ‘minimum of design features that would not inhibit particular choices of us’.

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