Accessible Housing: Quality, Disability and Design by Rob Imrie

By Rob Imrie

This booklet considers the interrelationships among incapacity and housing layout with a spotlight at the function of coverage in addressing the housing wishes of disabled humans. The booklet will set out a number of the broader debates in regards to the nature of housing, caliber and layout: in what methods is family layout and structure implicated in inhibiting or facilitating mobility and circulation of individuals; what's the nature of presidency rules and coverage on the subject of the layout of domestic environments. up to now there's very little wisdom in regards to the diversity of techniques to available layout in housing nor how a long way regulations and practices are sufficient or no longer in developing available domestic environments. This publication will cross a way to deal with this shortfall in wisdom.

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By the early 1990s it was clear that builders were failing to respond to advisory notes and other miscellaneous advice about disabled people’s access to housing, and, as Barnes (1991: 158) observed, ‘the stock of inaccessible housing continues to grow’. For many disabled people, their functional capacities are potentially reduced by inaccessible dwellings. ’s (1999) study also notes that in ethnic minority households with a mobility-impaired child, three out of five families stated that their home was unsuitable for their disabled child’s needs.

9. In houses of two or more storeys, there should be space on the ground floor that could be used as a convenient bed space. 10. There should be a downstairs toilet which should be wheelchair accessible, with drainage and service provision enabling a shower to be fitted at any time. 11. Walls in bathrooms and toilets should be capable of taking adaptations such as handrails. 12. The design should incorporate provision for a future stair lift and a suitably identified space for potential installation of a house lift (through-the-floor lift) from the ground to the first floor, for example to a bedroom next to the bathroom.

In this sense, the development of housing quality, by recourse to universal, minimum standards of physical fitness and function, is problematical for reducing human variation and needs to singular design types or solutions; that is, the propagation of design criteria that are insensitive to cross-cultural variations, or the differences in dwelling needs between, for example, men and women, disabled people, different ethnic groups and people of different ages. This orientation remains at the heart of contemporary building regulation and control, and it is limited because, as King (1996: 23) notes, it treats dwellings as ‘material aggregations’ – that is, as things or objects rather than as manifestations constituted by and constitutive of social and political processes (see also Lawrence, 2002).

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