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Année : 2016

Conférence internationale : Government and Housing in a time of crisis. Policy, Planning, Design and Delivery

This conference forms part of the AMPS programme Housing – Critical Futures, an
ongoing series of events, publications, conferences and research projects considering
the issue of housing from various perspectives : affordability, community, design,
sustainability and more.
The programme has involved events in the United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, Cyprus
and the United States. It has a series of additional events planned in the UK for 2016-
17 : Liverpool, Derby, London, Bristol.
This event is the second organised with Liverpool John Moores University whose
Masters programme currently focuses on housing.

HUDSON Joanne, PERYSINAKI Aliki-Myrto, ’’Learning from Increments : Towards a Sustainable Design Strategy for Housing’’, Government and Housing in a time of crisis. Policy, Planning, Design and Delivery, Liverpool, 8-9 September 2016.

Incremental housing refers to flexible housing prototypes or ‘core’
housing, designed to grow over time. As a response to changing family
structures and economies, incremental housing is a user led, adaptable
mechanism that allows occupiers the freedom to enlarge the size and
ameliorate the quality of housing in response to the demographic and
economic changes of the households’ composition. The originality of this
housing typology lies in the process rather than the final outcome.
Incremental housing has been adopted in developing areas as a
mechanism to deal with poverty and empowerment and to increase
social capital (Breimer and Napier, 2013 ; Pasel, 2014 ; Wakely, 2014).
However, far from being a regional phenomenon, incremental
construction transcends political boundaries and involves different
cultures and societies, as well as economic and political systems
(Greene and Rojas, 2008 ; Wakely and Riley, 2011 ; Hamid and Mohamed
Elhassan, 2014). In view of the growing interest in incremental housing as
a proactive strategy to meet housing demand (Goethert, 2010 ; Global
University Consortium, 2010 ; Aravena and Iacobelli, 2013 ; Cruz, 2013), this
paper begins with a critical synthesis of previous incremental housing
examples, from the 1980s to the present day, drawn from a variety of
urban contexts. Illustrating the process(es) that led to their effective
implementation, this paper questions how incremental practices can
be used as a method to provide urban housing, encourage typological
innovation, rethink the relationship between building and land provision
and support appropriate city growth. In the current context of evolving
policy frameworks regarding the provision of affordable housing in the
UK (Heywood, 2016 ; Homes and Communities Agency, 2014) by drawing
upon MArch studio projects from Liverpool John Moores University,
this paper will open up debate concerning the potential of incremental
housing as a sustainable design strategy, in dealing with the growing
‘housing crisis.’