POST 8: PROBLEMS TO POSSIBILITIES

Mapping again? With all the mapping and stake holding and what not we’ve been doing, i’ve been wondering if there was going to be a point to this madness. Luckily, there is. And we have finally arrived at some real gritty, hands on work with this issue. Well, as hands on as you can get with a national and possibly global reaching crisis. So like one of those moments where you take a tourist photo, and it looks like you’re casually cradling the leaning tower of pisa…but you’re not? Ahh the beauty of perspectives.

THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!! 

With our heads expanding with all this new found knowledge, we were tasked to map out something that was a lot more specific than we usually go. Instead of a splurge of information on a page we honed down our ‘expertise’ to identity specific facets of the problem space.

5 in fact.

  1. Opportunities (cost of living) 

  2. Priorities

  3. Dreams

  4. Innovation

  5. Location 

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1. Opportunities or lack thereof: 

Sydney has such a high cost of living, and that paired with the low starting income of young Australians creates unfair opportunities for them in a housing market dominated by older and wealthier generations. (spark the generation debacle!)

2. Priorities:           

Where do the priorities of the younger generation lie. If they are not prioritising their savings into housing deposits – where does all their income go, and how will this affect their future

3. Dreams:

The classic ‘Australian Dream’ of owning a home is becoming increasing difficult for young Australians.

4. Innovation:

There is a lack of a collaborative approach towards this issue and a lack of innovative solutions in the problem space of housing affordability because of that

5. Location:

It is becoming increasingly more difficult to live in a suburb of preference, as it may conflict with a place of work. Thus creating an inconveniently long commute.

On The Draft Table Of A Proposal

To even begin to think about how these problems could be solved, from a design perspective or any perspective I could fathom – is all a bit overwhelming. From the previous weeks of discussions and peer interviews – it really seems like because there is so much choice these days, and because there is such an overlap with professional and social life. Housing isn’t just a place to go back to sleep. A home is central to a way of living, proximity to social hubs, a nice neighbourhood/environment. A truly viable proposal, from my perspective isn’t something that would just solve one aspect of the housing affordability crisis – but attack it from a holistic perspective.

You can’t truly start thinking of solving a problem, when its so vast. The problem must be attacked from the base up. Making bigger changes

And because I love venn diagrams – here is one for you.

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  1. Opportunities: The cost of living needs to be readjusted – by looking at the problem from a political sphere – how can the government implement schemes and laws to regulate the cost of living against a starting ‘low base salary’
  2. Priorities: Why are young Australians not prioritising their savings for the housing market. And where else is this income being channelled instead? Does this mean a change in attitudes towards housing security and is the concept of ‘home ownership’ even valued anymore amongst our generation?
  3. Australian Dream: What has the traditional ‘australian dream’ become. Do young Australians want to live in a house, with a picket fence? What can we define as the “New Australian Dream
  4. Innovation: Why aren’t stakeholders working collaboratively on this issue – there should be a push to overlap resources and fields of expertise. To solve this issue that affects all spheres of the economic, social and political spaces of Australia. An interdisciplinary approach should be the way to go!
  5. Location: The sacrifice between being close to home or a suburb you want to live in and the increasing necessity to be closer to places of work. Society is all about convenience and cutting down the commute. 

To summate. The proposal is some kind of design strategy that could be implemented anywhere, but must  have contact points with a diverse range of stakeholders. And must be carried out in a collaborative manner for it to work.

FOUNDATION TO TOP SOIL APPROACH: 

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It should start by examining the foundation of the problems – looking at the political sphere and areas of possible reform – the thing that truly underpins whether any affordable housing solution swims or sinks. It will then examine the social sphere of the problem by exploring the attitudes of young Australians, in regard to housing affordability and what we can redefine as the “New Australian Dream”.

Then it will bridge all the links by emphasising a need for innovative solutions, through driving a collaborative practice through the approach of involving diverse stakeholders. And then it will finally examine the issue from top soil of the issue – an infrastructural and geographical perspective.