Post-occupancy evaluation of architecturally-designed low-income housing in Ahmadabad, India
This paper presents post-occupancy evaluation of low-income houses that have been built through the DMU: Square Mile India Programme in Ahmedabad, India. Questionnaire and interviews were conducted which elicited information on respondents’ socio-cultural and environmental experiences in the new houses compared to the existing dwellings in the community. Findings include: 1. increased expectations and higher demands for space and facilities in the new houses, 2. discontent with integrated courtyard/ open spaces, 3. prioritising flood protection over environmental quality and thermal comfort conditions in the existing houses and 4. Significant change in the perception of social status of families in the new homes. The findings highlight residents’ need for adequate sleeping area, thermal comfort, safety from animals and security. These aspects must be critically considered in future design of similar houses. The paper produces empirical evidence on users’ perception that will provide better knowledge and understanding to the designer and policy-makers to identify important factors to improve residents’ quality of life in a low-income housing context.
Citation : Sharmin, T., Bradbury, S., Montalvo, L. Z. and Taki, A. (2019) Post-occupancy evaluation of architecturally-designed low-income housing in Ahmadabad, India. SuDBE2019 - The 9th International Conference Sustainable Development in the Building and Environment, University of Reading, UK, 22nd-28th July, 2019.
Research Institute : Institute of Architecture
Peer Reviewed : Yes