Quality, Disability and Design
By Rob Imrie
Routledge – 2005 – 264 pages
Considering the interrelationships between disability and housing design with a focus on the role of policy in addressing the housing needs of disabled people, this book sets out some of the broader debates about the nature of housing, quality and design. In what ways are domestic design and architecture implicated in inhibiting or facilitating mobility and movement of people? What is the nature of government regulation and policy in relation to the design of home environments? The author addresses these questions, and brings a range of approaches to accessible design in housing to the forefront of debate, assessing how far policies and practices are equal to the challenge of creating accessible and desirable home environments.
Introduction Part 1: Concepts and Contexts 1. Accessible Housing, Quality and Design 2. Disability, Design and the Speculative House Building Industry 3. Housing Quality, Standards, and the Domestic Environment Part 2: Securing Accessible Homes 4. 'Ideal Homes': Disabled People's Experiences of Domestic Design. Case Study: Domestic Lives - Jenny, Elaine and Toni 5. House Builders, Disability, and the Design of Dwellings. Case Study: Constructing Accessible Houses on Sloping Sites 6. The Regulation of the House Building Industry. Case Study: Securing Accessible Housing in Two English Towns 7. Experiential Knowledge as a Component of Housing Quality. Case Study: Cultivating Influence through Disabled People's Organisations Part 3: Promoting Accessible Housing 8. Inclusive Domestic Environments
Rob Imrie is Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is author of Disability and the City, co-author of Inclusive Design, and co-editor of British Urban Policy and Urban Renaissance: New Labour, community and urban policy.