POST 7: ISSUE MAPPING
BY CHRISTY HUI
In Week 2, we were to create a map based on human and non-human stakeholders based on our topic within our issue group. This was a very simple exercise to help us define the stakeholders that are affected by housing crisis in Sydney or plays a part in this issue. As the weeks go by, we are to use different mapping techniques to help us refine our maps.
One exercise we did in class was to begin with individually writing out 20 words that we thought highlighted the issue of housing affordability. We collated all these words with our issue group and wrote them out on individual sheets. As a group, we came up with these words:
It was interesting to see some keywords that I wouldn’t have immediately thought of when relating it to the issue. This gives me an opportunity to expand on our research area through the bank of keywords we have. We then brought our keywords with the other issue group to combine all the keywords together.
We were asked to do a series of exercise using the words from our word bank. Firstly, we were to select a word that describe and summarise the topic within the issue that we have been interested in or researching. I was surprised to see that everyone had very similar topic that they want to research like, “spacial inefficiency”, “sustainability” and “sustainable housing models”. Sustainability is priority in housing solutions, when spatial efficiency and good urban planning can help maximise the supply and demand.
For the next exercise, we chose another keyword that we found surprising or compelling from our research. The human stakeholders seems to have the most impact with this issue, from the essential workers to generational gap all is affected by the population growth and overcrowding of city, which leads to urban sprawl.
As a collective, we created another stakeholder map that was more refined that the one we had in week 2, this was very helpful when it came to breaking down to different categories of stakeholders. This map was very simple yet effective, which helped me heaps with the rest of the mapping exercise we had to do.
We are ask to revise our version of the stakeholder map. For this mapping exercise, my partner and I merged both our maps together, to create a more in depth and extensive map that tells us more about housing affordability so we can recognise where the recurring links are within the mapping. In this map, we separated the human stakeholder (pink) to the non human stakeholder Black), by categorising these stakeholder we are able to create connections within the stakeholders. A various of stakeholders are being affected by this issue, we are able to work this out by the overlapping connections in our map.
Listing polemics was a very interesting task it helped me identify a broad range of controversies that plays a big part in housing crisis. In addition, we are to attach three emotions based on each polemic. It was interesting to see many negative connotation attached to each polemic, words such as neglect, defeated, stress, exhausted and anxious. We were specifically looking at one category in the stakeholder map, “renters”, we believe they are being affected the most out and apply these emotion based on our previous research but also the way we would feel about these controversies. I have started to see the overlapping of issues and values people have with housing crisis.
Since we are able to identify the actors and also able to link the relationship that exists, we can start recognising the issues that needs to be exposed or questioned and how these relationships need to be changed or acted upon.
Most younger generation (Gen Y) are being locked out of the market due to the cost of living in Sydney, but also with the low income rate it provides a lot of pressure for them to even step into the housing market. Generation X are also struggling with the lack of wage growth, not only it is affecting younger generation but also the older age bracket. Older age bracket are generally too wealthy to classify for income support and benefits from the government, yet too poor to afford their homes without undue amounts of mortgage stress.