POST 8: BRAINSTORMING POSSIBILITIES FOR A DESIGN RESPONSE
BY CHRISTY HUI
Since there are many factors can contribute to affordable housing in Sydney, brainstorming these factors we can start looking at possible design solution.
During the brainstorming process, it gave me the opportunity to explore and find possible direction that I was to focus in my topic. Individually, we were given a set of question to answers that could help frame a problem statement. I found this task difficult as I was trying to narrow down into different factors that can play a part within this affordable housing crisis. I spent some time answering question for my problem statement, by taking a look at all the previous maps, I started to collate different factors that fall through the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and WHY questions. Taking these questions into consideration, the problem statement is to help us with our design solution that targets the age group of 18-25 years old.
5 potential directions for design possibilities:
- Sydney’s high cost of living paired with the low income of young Australians creates unfair opportunities for them in a housing market dominated by older, richer generations
Demand from locals, foreign investors and high income earners, are driving the prices of housing in an exponential level (cost of renting and buying) in the inner city area. This means urban sprawl, pushes many essential workers, first home buyer and young Australian out of the housing market.
- If the majority of young Australians are not prioritizing saving for housing deposits, where does their income go? (and how does this affect their future?)
Due to the high cost of living in Sydney, young people are not prioritising their savings for a housing deposit but where do the rest of their income go? Does it change their quality of life? Does taking away from other living expenses (food, clothing and recreation) limits the quality of life. If this is an ongoing issue, how long will it take for young Australians to afford a housing deposit.
- The Australian Dream of owning a home is becoming more difficult for young Australians
Owning a house is the great Australian Dream, it is an aspiration shared by everyone, regardless of race, culture, religion, income level and where you live. Owning a home is a culture that us built in, but it is becoming more and more out of reach, but the dream lives on.
- There is a lack of collaborative action towards facing this issue / There is a lack of innovative housing solutions in Australia.
Innovative housing will provide stable and secure long term rental services can break the cycle of homelessness. Innovative housing solutions means have high quality, energy efficient accommodation, and that the development can be built faster and cheaper than if traditional methods were used. Solutions for sustainable living, that is efficient and productive can meet the demands of urban development.
- It is becoming more difficult to live in a suburb that you want to live in and does not require a long commute to work
Middle to low income level earners are being pushed away causing urban sprawl, away from public infrastructures and job opportunities. Essential workers and young workers are commuting long hours getting to and from work, and sacrificing between home and work.
Initial Problem Statement:
Sydney have long term structural problem that has been neglected for decades. The trend in housing cost burdens is reflected in rising real house price. Housing should be a human right, it is an essential element in building a sustainable city. For a sustainable city to be more efficient and productive, urban development can meet the demands of a growing city.