Control and choice in housing: user participation in Aboriginal housing

Richardson, Ian (1996). Control and choice in housing: user participation in Aboriginal housing Other, Dept. of Architecture, The University of Queensland.

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Author Richardson, Ian
Thesis Title Control and choice in housing: user participation in Aboriginal housing
School, Centre or Institute Dept. of Architecture
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1996
Thesis type Other
Supervisor Paul Memmott
Total pages 238
Language eng
Subjects 120501 Community Planning
120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
The intention of this work is to contribute to an increasing body of work related to Aboriginal Housing. It is maintained that Aboriginal culture plays an important role in defining living environments with specific architectural implications and requirements. Recognition of Aboriginal socio-cultural behaviours and their inclusion in the design of housing and settlements is crucial to the success of housing programs. Implicit to culturally appropriate housing is that control by Aboriginal users over living conditions and dwelling environments can provide a healthier environment. Housing which recognises the specific requirements of Aboriginal people can provide a supportive environment from which to deal with the pressures of change created by non-Aboriginal society.

User participation in the provision of housing is examined as one option in allowing Aboriginal people to effectively define and implement housing programs. Aboriginal input can take several forms depending on the specific desires and issues which an Aboriginal individual or group deem worthy in relation to their living environments. The thesis examines Aboriginal participation at three levels of the housing process; (i) design; (ii) construction; and (iii) management and post-construction services. The level and types of effective input are investigated by examining current and past examples of Aboriginal involvement in these aspects of housing. Participation is further examined in terms of current Commonwealth and State Government policies.

This thesis was based on research of literature relevant to the topic, conducted 1995-96.

The following conclusions were made; (a) control over the housing process by Aboriginal people can provide housing programs that are Aboriginal defined, and that are appropriate to the varying circumstances of Aboriginal users; (b) Control allows Aboriginal people the freedom to decide how and at what level they participate in the housing process; and (c) The number of options and objectives a housing program can effectively incorporate is dependant on the control, desires and requirements of Aboriginal people.
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