Decoding Comprehensive Sustainability in the Design of Affordable Housing in the Urban Context

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Decoding Comprehensive Sustainability in the Design of Affordable Housing in the Urban Context

Authors: Alka Sunil Kote (Professor in Civil Engineering at Dr D Y Patil Institute of Technology, Pimpri, Pune);
Sudhir Ramesh Deshpande (Associate Professor, SMEF's Brick school of Architecture).
Issue: Vol 10, No 2 (2021)
Pages: 1-11
Section: Research Paper
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7492/IJAEC.2021.010
Citation: Alka Sunil Kote and Sudhir Ramesh Deshpande (2021). "Decoding Comprehensive Sustainability in the Design of Affordable Housing in the Urban Context." International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 10(2), 1-11.
Publisher: International Association for Sustainable Development and Management (IASDM)
Abstract: The developments in social, economic, political, health, and environmental aspects in the urban context have direct implications on the cost of a house. It leads to the requirement of a comfortable space where the physical, psychological, and social needs of the occupant are fulfilled at an affordable cost. Thus, the design of affordable housing needs an integrated sustainable approach. An urban city like Pune in India is an emerging metropolitan city facing similar challenges. This paper attempts to decode the concept of comprehensive sustainability through social, environmental, and techno-functional dimensions based on attributes derived from qualitative literature. Also, this study is supported by an occupant survey carried out in low economy wards of Pune, India. Based on the observations and inferences from the survey, this study proposes decisive measures like the style of planning, culture, communication space planning, density planning, orientation, energy efficiency, space optimization, and construction technology to ensure sustainability and affordability. The findings from the comprehensive sustainability matrix recommend long term affordability in design, construction, operational, and repair costs in housing.
Keywords: Affordability, sustainability, urban planning, occupant, housing design
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