Exploring a quality of life, self-determined

Wadley, David (2010) Exploring a quality of life, self-determined. Architectural Science Review, 53 1: 12-20. doi:10.3763/asre.2009.0SI1

Author Wadley, David
Title Exploring a quality of life, self-determined
Journal name Architectural Science Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-8628
Publication date 2010-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3763/asre.2009.0SI1
Volume 53
Issue 1
Start page 12
End page 20
Total pages 9
Editor Richard Hyde
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Earthscan
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
Formatted abstract
Built capital combines with social, personal and natural capital to contextualize people's quality of life. Although this last concept has strongly tested academic reasoning, it is often presented simply and as a fait accompli in strategic planning documents. This article questions these pragmatic `top-down' scripts by engaging the self-determination theory of motivation. It argues the transience of hedonic or material reward and posits a much higher plane of eudemonic fulfilment. The key to self-determination and, thus, an agreeable quality of life lies in an individual's acquisition of competence, autonomy and relatedness. From this bridgehead and via a macro-level analysis, the article identifies contemporary economic, environmental and social challenges to the achievement of quality of life, ones that are likely to need individual resourcefulness and resilience to overcome. The account concludes that, instead of proffering cookie-cutter or one-size-fits-all formulae, authorities may consider ways of helping individuals help themselves to a better quality of life based on a precept that life is, in part, what you make it and does not rely on material wealth alone. In this way, it could be possible to substitute other forms for material capital to improve environmental and social sustainability. © 2010 Earthscan
Keyword Hedonic and eudemonic welfare
Hierarchy of needs
Quality of life
Self-determination theory
Strategic planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
Official 2011 Collection
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