Housing design does not always prioritise people's needs
New housing does not reflect the diverse needs of residents and changing lifestyles.
Poorly located housing can have a negative impact on people's wellbeing
Poorly located housing, with limited access to services and daily amenities can have a negative impact on people's health and wellbeing.
We need greater housing variety to support our growing and ageing population
We need more examples of well-designed new housing typologies that respond to the requirement for densification and Australia's housing needs.
The provision of a good external environment is often undervalued and/or value managed out
The economic benefits of landscape and its contribution to community health and wellbeing is not valued in the design and development process.
Designs don't always prioritise comfort and everyday living
Residents' comfort and their practical needs at home are often lost in the design, delivery and construction process.
Housing is rarely designed to be future proof
Housing development is not being designed to respond to the rapid innovations changing the way we live, work and commute, for example, electric and driver-less vehicles, and work from home opportunities.
Private market housing is not being harnessed enough to meet social housing targets
Misalignment between social housing requirements and private housing product is preventing its use in meeting social and affordable housing targets.
Up-front cost is often prioritised over whole of life costs
Minimising up-front cost is prioritised over robustness, minimised maintenance and running costs. This increases long-term expense to owners, residents, society, the economy and the environment.
Quantity is often prioritised over quality
The critical need to meet demand and deliver more housing can lead to quantity of housing delivered taking priority over good design.
Good design is often considered to be too expensive
Some people believe that good design adds to capital cost without adding value. This can limit opportunities for a diverse range of housing design professionals contributing to better housing outcomes.
Competing stakeholder and project tensions can affect good decision making
The need to balance competing stakeholder and project tensions can affect decision making and impact the quality of housing outcomes.
Lack of continuity in the project team may result in a poor design outcome
This affects the continuity of design decision making and impacts the quality of housing outcomes.
Restrictive design requirements can stifle innovation
Restrictive design requirements can stifle the innovation needed to provide quality housing outcomes and accommodate diverse housing needs.
Complex and overlapping layers of guidelines and regulation can cause confusion
Housing quality can be affected by complex layers of overlapping guidelines and regulation that cause confusion.
Be a good neighbour, make a good neighbourhood
Well-designed homes are part of a community, they respond to and enhance the qualities and identity of an area, including the adjacent sites, streets, neighbourhood character.
Make homes safe
Well-designed homes increase residents’ sense of safety, offer privacy and improve quality of life for all.
Make homes resilient
Well-designed homes are resilient places, they provide a sense of long-term stability and security for residents and can be repurposed in response to changing social, economic and environmental influences.
Make homes affordable
Well-designed homes are affordable to live in and are cost effective to build and maintain.
Make homes accessible
Well-designed homes improve lives, they are adaptive to diverse resident needs, are inclusive and provide opportunities to bring people together.
Make homes practical
Well-designed homes make basic daily activities easy, and seamlessly integrate infrastructure for services.
Make homes comfortable
Well-designed homes are places where people want to live, they are adaptable to resident’s lifestyle requirements and comfortable throughout the year.
Make homes green
Well-designed homes provide residents with opportunities to directly access nature, they engage with and add to the quality and quantity of green space in an area.
Make homes healthy
Well-designed homes support healthy behaviours and make active healthy lifestyles easy.
Make it happen
Well-designed homes are delivered through design leadership, effective engagement with communities and continued collaboration through a well defined process.