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Post-occupancy evaluation of architecturally-designed low-income housing in Ahmadabad, India

Sharmin, Tania, Bradbury, Simon, Montalvo, Luis Zapata and Taki, Ahmad 2019. Post-occupancy evaluation of architecturally-designed low-income housing in Ahmadabad, India. Presented at: The 9th International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Building and Environment (SuDBE2019), Reading, UK, 22-28 July 2019.

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This paper presents post-occupancy evaluation of low-income houses that have been built through the DMU: Square Mile India Programme in Ahmedabad, India. Questionnaire and interviews were conducted which elicited information on respondents’ socio-cultural and environmental experiences in the new houses compared to the existing dwellings in the community. Findings include: 1. increased expectations and higher demands for space and facilities in the new houses, 2. discontent with integrated courtyard/ open spaces, 3. prioritising flood protection over environmental quality and thermal comfort conditions in the existing houses and 4. Significant change in the perception of social status of families in the new homes. The findings highlight residents’ need for adequate sleeping area, thermal comfort, safety from animals and security. These aspects must be critically considered in future design of similar houses. The paper produces empirical evidence on users’ perception that will provide better knowledge and understanding to the designer and policy-makers to identify important factors to improve residents’ quality of life in a low-income housing context.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Architecture
Funders: Research England QR funded GCRF
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 October 2019
Date of Acceptance: 30 June 2019
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019 17:15

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