Microvillage Geelong Project: Exploring the Viability of Affordable Compact Homes for People Seeking Sustainable and Socially Integrated Lives
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Place of publicationGeelong, Vic.
Research statementResearch background:
Field: Housing Design
Context: Growing public and media interest has prompted questions about whether tiny houses can offer a viable affordable housing model for people with limited funds who want to live in homes that minimise consumption of building materials, land, & energy, & which meaningfully integrate & link with the community.
Aim: The project addresses this question by investigating the viability of tiny dwellings in relation to 4 key issues: building & design; regulatory planning barriers; finance, & community integration.
Innovation: As housing needs are diverse, complex, & individual, it’s difficult to address affordable housing need holistically. To address this complexity, a multidisciplinary research team used a systems-thinking methodology to prioritise meaningful community engagement of Victorian community stakeholders, potential residents, & experts in planning, finance, & design. This seeded a “collective impact” approach that informed a shared vision for implementing recommendations.
New Knowledge: Results detailed the radical shift needed from the planning authorities, housing supply and finance sector to enable the provision of affordable & sustainable compact homes that are adaptable to all life stages.
Evidence of excellence: Funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Seed Innovation competitive grants program. Follow up work with an industry partner, FormFlow, led the construction of a microvillage of 7 compact, modular homes for transitional housing provided by Samaritan House Geelong with The Salvation Army, & now occupied by homeless men (supported by State Government and City of Greater Geelong grants nearing $1M). Findings are published in the peer reviewed journal Housing Studies. This is "a remarkable collaboration, … support[ing] some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our community" said Keith Fagg OAM, Chairman of Samaritan House
Publication classificationA6 Research report/technical paper