Design Strategies For Development of Sustainable Housing Projects





Development of Sustainable Housing Societies

Development of Housing Societies is the new need of the day. The development in IT sector and Industrial Sector has made people all around the urban areas to migrate to the cities. The land value has increased to immensely. The new Housing Projects have to be economical and also sustainable.

It is easier said than done that every family in any country or state can have a dwelling unit/shelter. As such every successive government engages in dialogue, written or oral, but lags behind in its achievement.

Housing in Canada

Housing in Canada

Above 60% of the world’s population lives in Single Room Tenement (SRT) or at most Two Room Tenement (2RT) units. Designing with a practical approach in a High Density, limited space with flexible utility blending it with modern gadgets, integrating community and socio-economic housing is a challenge to present day Architects.

To overcome the instability resulting from our increasingly chaotic transportation system, a new mobile Architecture should arise to accommodate unrest, thus anticipating a change that is a change for the better.

The modular architectural designing system of housing is divided into three units : Kitchen/Toilet, living room and Bedroom. Each unit is to have specific panels that open up and lock into one another. Once these three units are compiled to form a house, other multiple units can be attached to the initial module converting an SRT into 2-RT, 3-RT, Duplex Apartment or the like, without altering the basic framed structure and or the external common infrastructure. Modular Homes can also be termed as “Studio Apartments“.

Studio Apartment - Concept of Modular Homes

Studio Apartment - Concept of Modular Homes

To make design a role model, which on course of time can be adopted and adapted for design of low and middle income group type of rehabilitation.

An overwhelming section of population is deprived of basic housing needs mainly due to lack of planning and wrong ideas of development. In the urban areas, the demand for space has assumed gigantic proportions. It is time for us to re-examine our role in the society as an Architect.

Design of Infrastructure in Housing

Infrastructure is the physical manifestation of floors, connections and interfaces and elements to be understood by time, speed and distances. Building is commonly considered as a vessel that contains human beings, raising issues of how to provide more comfortable and more efficient space for its inhabitants.

As architecture provides the apparatus that reflects the environmental and functional demands, its facade will correspond to those changes within, to manifest the complexity of surrounding lifestyle.

All built environments are a composition of materials used to construct them. Hence the different materials used and processed create spatial dynamics and provide opportunity for abstract behaviour. Materials do constitute an environment architecturally, exploring the process of working different materials can be implemented in a space to create new models of thinking about the built environment.

Precisely, facades have to be designed to match the needs of discerning new breed of home owners.

Designing a Housing Society is not a challenge but designing a sustainable and economical Housing Society is a challenge that we all Architects must accept. Sustainable Development is our goal…!



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  1. #1 by Elli Davis on July 8, 2010 - 8:57 am

    Great article. I agree with you about the importance of creating sustainable housing projects. I have seen many houses designed without thinking of basic housing needs and living in these places is quite uncomfortable and frustrating.

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