By Clyde Overton
After more or less weekly mapping and brainstorming sessions, the finding of a design proposal still became a difficult task. Especially surprising for the issue of housing affordability. By refining my proposition, I deciding to conceptualise in the direction I wanted to head towards. I did this by creating and answering five questions under the who/what/when/where/why system. This assisted me in refining a form of design proposal. The following five questions;
Who does this issue affect?
The issue of housing affordability inevitably affects everyone in society. However it has a larger impact on those of the younger generations, e.g. Generation Y. This is due to the steep increase in pricing, which effects the future. Moreover, other bodies affected by the issue additionally include; the goverment, developers, stakeholders, urban planners etc.
What are the boundaries of the issue?
A number of boundaries can be included as an issue of housing affordability. This can include the economic aspects (e.g. increase in value, inflation, etc), overcrowding/urban sprawl, government impact. Moreover, aspects such as wages and salaries additionally take into affect as a form of a boundary.
When does the issue happen?
This issue usually occurs to those who are in the market of looking to buy a house. However, it can also be seen as an ongoing issue continuously occurring as well.
Where does the issue happen?
The issue mostly takes place in the more populous areas of the country, noticeably in Sydney and Melbourne, and in other major capital cities across the country. Other areas such as the coast lines can see the issue arsing as well.
Why is the issue important?
This is an issue that affects everyone apart of society, with the issue affecting the younger generation (the future) even more. The issue affects the whole concept of the Australian dream of owning a house, which again effects the younger generations. The issue forces also better urban planning for a long term, keeping the supply and demand for housing more sustainable. Moreover, this can result in the absence of home ownership and lead to a future way of living, such as a lifetime of share living spaces or renting for example.
Using this breakdown, I was able to create a number of problem statements that I can in turn develop further into design propositions.
– How to design a more adaptable solution to Sydney’s urban density crisis
– How long does it take for a person finishing university to eventually buy a house in the Sydney market
– Living in the suburbs and commuting to the city for work
– Comparing salaries of those renting vs bought
– People prefer to rent for the rest of their lives due to high costs of houses. But can they really just buy a house for themselves. Benefits of renting.