The paper highlights how the knowledge of users is complex and still defective in the area of European affordable housing. Although demand is far more changeable than supply, more market research has been carried out on existing housing stock than on behavioral/cultural models. Furthermore, there is a lack of design research capable of generating innovative design inputs. The significance of this article lies in proposing a systematization of the detection of user requirements. In the field of affordable housing, there is still a widespread traditional top-down approach which assigns designers with an external intuitive analysis of user requirements. This paper suggests that the European local systems should equip themselves firstly with housing market research concentrated on behavioral/cultural models and secondly with design research conducted by research-oriented professionals. The paper focuses on some research methods which could be used by design researchers during their inquiry into user requirements. The results of such research would be the starting points for individual design practices which would be based upon solider and more detailed research foundations.

User requirements in the design of European affordable housing

RUFFA, FRANCESCO
2013-01-01

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The paper highlights how the knowledge of users is complex and still defective in the area of European affordable housing. Although demand is far more changeable than supply, more market research has been carried out on existing housing stock than on behavioral/cultural models. Furthermore, there is a lack of design research capable of generating innovative design inputs. The significance of this article lies in proposing a systematization of the detection of user requirements. In the field of affordable housing, there is still a widespread traditional top-down approach which assigns designers with an external intuitive analysis of user requirements. This paper suggests that the European local systems should equip themselves firstly with housing market research concentrated on behavioral/cultural models and secondly with design research conducted by research-oriented professionals. The paper focuses on some research methods which could be used by design researchers during their inquiry into user requirements. The results of such research would be the starting points for individual design practices which would be based upon solider and more detailed research foundations.
Crafting the future - 10th European Academy of Design Conference - April 17-19 2013 in Gothenburg
978-91-979541-5-0
affordable housing; built environment; design research; interior design; research method; user requirement
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