Post 8: Brainstorming possibilities for a Design Response

By Rebecca Tomas

For this task we had to come together for yet another mapping exercise. However I found this one to be a lot more beneficial to me than the other times we had to map as we were finally coming to a design proposal after all these exercises and also the questions that were listed helped slightly in framing my proposal which I found difficult to come up with even though I had a slight idea of what direction I wanted to head in regards to the issue of housing affordability.

Brainstorming Activity

Who does the problem affect?

The issue at hand being housing affordability/the housing crisis impacts many individuals and organisations – especially young individuals in the Generation Y bracket as we are being dubbed as Generation Rent and will have the most difficulty becoming a property owner in the future. Stakeholders include: students, first home buyers and government bodies

What are the boundaries of the problem?

Many boundaries can considered such as economic aspects (income wages have not inflated at the same rate as housing prices), Spatial (overcrowding/urban sprawl, government impact) Social (The Australian population is currently rising) Political (government tax policies e.g stamp duty/land tax) and Educational playing a major factor in the 18-24 year old age bracket as one being uneducated and lacking awareness of the issue and finding motivation to educate themselves as many know the housing crisis as a basic issue and especially being 18 years old to be specific you would not be interested in educating yourself on the issue as it’s not a major concern to many young teenagers at their age to own a house.

When does the problem occur?

NOW, NOW AND NOW. The issue is happening now and is getting worse especially if no action is taking place.

Where is the problem occurring?

All around Australia, however Sydney is the worst city being affected with Melbourne coming in second. Specific areas being affected are: The CBD, city views, beach/waterfront housing and suburbs and universities

Why is it important the subject is fixed?

It is important as not only does it affect Generation Y but will come to affect many generations after us if the problem does not get fixed soon. There is a supply and demand factor which needs to be fulfilled as Sydney is becoming over populated by the minute and this needs to be more sustainable. The Australian dream of once being able to own a house is fading away for many young Australians- yet at the same time for many it isn’t a major priority yet for others it is.

Following this breakdown of set questions I was somewhat able to come up with a few problem statements that I can refine into design propositions.

  • 18-19 year olds don’t care and are not particularly educated on the issue of the housing crisis as it isn’t a priority for them at their age – yet even people who still all fit into the 18-24 year old age bracket, not everyone is educated on the issue. How to bring awareness to them and show just how serious the housing crisis is.
  • Many australians finishing uni want to move out yet are still wanting to move and stay close to their roots and stay in a suburb they are familiar with (also found this out from my interview) yet can’t afford to stay in the same area they grew up in that is also easy to commute to work. Many have to live in the suburbs that are essentially too far from work and the commute is long. This is also affecting middle to low income earners to cannot afford to live closer to their jobs/the CBD which is caused by urban sprawl.
  • How long would it take for a recent uni graduate to save up to purchase their first property?
  • How does one budget and prioritise their savings in order to save up for a house in todays steep market especially being at that age where it just isn’t a priority and some would say it’s easier to live at home with their parents and find it more beneficial to save up for a car/travel..
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