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Special Collection

Housing Adaptability

Collection launched: 22 Mar 2022

Over the past 40+ years, the size of urban dwellings has diminished in many countries, resulting in negative impacts on residents’ needs and activities. At the same time, an increasing range of activities is expected to be performed at home. One set of possible solutions involves increasing the adaptability and flexibility of spaces within the dwelling. Other solutions may reconsider the relation between domestic privacy and public cohabitation / shared facilities.

This special collection advances the understanding and implementation of housing adaptability and flexibility across a range of issues: spatial, social, environmental, economic, time and multi-use and multiuser adaptability. The adaptability of our homes is a social, emotional and cultural issue as much as a technical or construction challenge.

The papers in this collection explore multiple perspectives:

  • - Concepts of adaptability and flexibility in housing and their implications
  • - The potential for existing and new housing to become more adaptable over time
  • - Drivers and barriers to implementing housing adaptability
  • - How residents may overcome unadaptable spaces
  • - The benefits and unintended consequences
  • - What shapes inhabitants’ needs, perceptions and expectations for adaptable spaces

Guest Editors:
Sofie Pelsmakers (Tampere University)
Elanor Warwick (Clarion Housing)