Flexible housing design for Indigenous communities

Summary

This design framework extends the National Framework for Design Construction and Maintenance of Indigenous Housing and the National Indigenous Housing Guide. It is based on synthesis of literature from the design and public health literatures and field work at three sites in remote and very remote regions in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. The Design Framework that was developed provides a series of general principles that integrate the need for community safety and health, economic development and co-efficiency with specific recommendations for the design of and modification of Indigenous housing that reflects the housing aspirations and needs of its householders. The construction of Indigenous housing should also recognise the opportunity this form of infrastructure investment presents for employment and economic development in Indigenous communities. A sustainable housing system for remote Indigenous communities requires six integrated elements: 1) Culturally responsive design; 2) eco-efficiency; 3) healthy living practices; 4) housing-related training and employment; 5) life-cycle costing of projects; 6) innovation in procurement, ownership and construction systems.

Project number: 30354
Research theme(s): Indigenous housing
Project leader: Fien, John
Funding year: 2006
Research Centre: RMIT-NATSEM

Research and Policy Bulletin

Research & Policy Bulletin

Issue 101: A new design framework for remote Indigenous housing

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Description

The Design Framework extends the National Framework for Design, Construction and Maintenance of Indigenous Housing and the National Indigenous Housing Guide. The Design Framework was based on synthesis of literature from the design and public health literatures and field work at three sites in remote and very remote regions of Australia: Mimili (SA), Maningrida (NT) and Palm Island (QLD).

The key findings of the research are:

  • The final Design Framework provides a series of general principles that integrate the need for community safety and health, economic development and eco-efficiency with specific recommendations for the design and modification of Indigenous housing that reflect the housing aspirations and needs of its householders.
  • The design and construction of Indigenous housing provides an opportunity to recognise the significance of housing construction as the major form of infrastructure investment in almost every remote Indigenous settlement in Australia. This in turn provides opportunities for much needed employment and economic development in these communities.

Download now Research and Policy Bulletin: Issue 101: A new design framework for remote Indigenous housing
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Download now Positioning Paper: No. 098: Flexible guidelines for the design of remote Indigenous community housing
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Download now Final Report: No. 114: Towards a design framework for remote Indigenous housing
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