Reflect and Propose

During the previous lesson we were paired with a partner, explaining our draft proposal to them. Whilst looking into the housing affordability issue and conversing with others around me on the topic, it became clear that many although wanted to live outside of home did not have much knowledge on the housing topic and when asked about costings, their general go to answer would be “it will be expensive” which further displayed their lack of knowledge into the actual costings to live independently.

This prompted my initial draft proposal to develop a website which would aid individuals to find housing solutions, where the website would collect their income and expenses, and with the collected information help them search the current market for affordable housing solutions.

Upon introducing my initial draft proposal to my partner, although she thought it was a good bases for a service/generative design, she was concerned that similar platforms would have already existed and that continuing my proposal would just turn out to be a duplicate of them.

Receiving such feedback made me brainstorm and search for ways to alter the bases of the website to make it more unique whilst also suitable for the current technology savvy generation.

Looking back into my previous tasks, in one of classes we looked into more specific issues within housing affordability and focused heavily on the emotions that each particular group reacted. While looking into this tasks, a wave of flashbacks between conversations with different people in and out of class hit, and what especially hit was the emotions they exposed when talking about it. Much of which was anger towards the government, companies and foreign investors.

After having a flashback of emotions, I wanted to combine the two aspects together a generative design that also doubled as a service design. A website that could inform the government and public about the emotions felt when trapped in between this crisis.

 

Proposal

 

The housing crisis being in full gear for several years, living in most parts of Sydney has being deemed unaffordable, limiting many home owners in choices and opportunities on living solutions.

This issue of unaffordable housing grew from factors including interest rates, foreign property investors, population growth and a plateau median income just to name the least. The sky rocketing prices of living has angered a wide audience of the Australian population and many have become sick, fearing on not being able to attain the good o’l Australian dream of a house with a picket fence.

Whilst previous generations, had a much more even playing ground when coming to the housing game, generation Y and future generations are all copping it in the chin, with the median income yet to change increasing the income to housing price ratio, which already stands at a high of 1:12.2. Figures like this has cause a lot of stress and anger within the community.

Thinking through this problem of unaffordable housing plus the emotions felt throughout Sydney, my proposal was to combine the two. The website would be a generative design that collects the users data (e.g. income, expenses) and also a service design that specifies to the user as to where they could afford living solutions in a very angry and aggressive tone to mimic the publics emotions to the issue and also in a way show just how much of a joke the housing market is in Australia, especially Sydney and Melbourne.

 

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