By Rob Imrie
This booklet 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 booklet will set out the various broader debates in regards to the nature of housing, caliber and layout: in what methods is household layout and structure implicated in inhibiting or facilitating mobility and move of individuals; what's the nature of presidency law and coverage on the subject of the layout of domestic environments. so far there's very little wisdom concerning the variety of ways to obtainable layout in housing nor how some distance guidelines and practices are enough or now not in growing available domestic environments. This ebook will cross a way to deal with this shortfall in wisdom.
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7). Others concurred with Habraken (1972: 13), for instance, suggesting that mass-produced dwellings were anathema to good human living: ‘there is therefore nothing worse than to have to live among what is indifferent to our actions’. The prognosis for proponents of modernist design and process was to generate ﬂexibility in the design process. 7 The Villa Savoye, designed by Le Corbusier 1928, is one of the most famous houses of the modern movement in architecture. It is an example of Le Corbusier’s wish to create a house that would be ‘a machine for living in’.
This is particularly so with regard to individuals with mobility impairments, and where the use of a wheelchair is required. 13 A similar survey, of housing and planning needs in Bournemouth in the UK, revealed that nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of those relying on a wheelchair lived in homes not suited to wheelchair use (Bournemouth Borough Council, 1998). 14 Such disadvantage is portrayed by some researchers and government ofﬁcials as the result of the debilitating effects of impairment, or the physiological deﬁcit or medical problems that individual disabled people have.
Rather, disabled people’s needs are either ignored or (re)classiﬁed by professionals into problematical categories, such as ‘special needs’, which more often than not serve as a justiﬁcation for conﬁning disabled people to ghettoized environments (Morris, 1991; Imrie, 1996; Gleeson, 1998). The potential effect is one whereby disabled people may not be able, with any ease, to determine their housing circumstances, due to what Somerville and Chan (2001) refer to as ‘indigniﬁcation’ – that is, a general societal disrespect for particular groups and/or individuals in society (see also Maslow, 1970; Harrison, 2004; Heywood, 2004).
Accessible Housing: Quality, Disability and Design by Rob Imrie