APL3002 : A Home for all : housing vulnerable populations

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To familiarise students with issues of providing stimulating, enjoyable and appropriate homes for older people (or other vulnerable group)
To understand complications of site specifics (infill, working with historic buildings etc)
Come to terms with working with an “imagined scenario” real community to provide appropriate housing and other amenities that meet their needs
Understand the complexity of the location in physical and socioeconomic terms and how designers facilitate places of encounter for different populations

Outline Of Syllabus

There is an acute housing crisis in the UK – the country is failing to build sufficient new homes and those we do build often leave much to be desired in build quality and space standards. The difficulties of being a ‘first-time buyer’ are regularly featured in the national media – however be a ‘last-time’ buyer can be equally difficult as reported in DEMOS report ‘Top of the Ladder’. During the 2020s, a point will be reached when 25% of the UK will aged 65 and over. People are living longer, more active lifestyles to an older age and so there is a huge challenge to meet the needs and aspirations of these ‘active third agers’.

The module explores the complexities of providing a stimulating, enjoyable, safe, appropriate and desirable home for older persons in an existing setting. It challenges students to think out of the box in relation to that provision at the residential level. Moreover, to think more holistically about the place of older persons housing in the surrounding settlement and how this might be more fully integrated into the everyday life of the community, by providing ‘places of encounter’ by:
•       Analysing the site and formulating a brief design that emerges from a robust understanding of the site, the residents, onsite staff and trustees in a collaborative way
•       More broadly analysing the site within its context – and look for potentials to more fully integrate the site in the life of surrounding communities
•       Identify ways to provide a stimulating, enjoyable, safe and appropriate home for residents
•       Come up with imaginative design ideas for the site demonstrating a strong rationale and fit between the proposal; the place, and aspirations of the whole community.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion315:0045:00For interim and final crits and production of publication
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Case studies and theoretical papers
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00Inclusive of interim crits, assuming work in groups of 4
Guided Independent StudyProject work177:0077:00Studio work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops24:008:00Workshops on key issues
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork33:009:00Site visit, interviews, visit case study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery23:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity35:0015:00Community engagement and engagement with organisations/prep of materials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is a studio module so most teaching involves small group tutorials with design tutors in student groups. There are some short lectures introducing key issues to the students which they will then be able to use independent study and literature provided to deepen their understanding off.
There will be workshops related to extracting information from partner organisations and working collaboratively in producing dissemination material.
Interim crits will help advance the design work by receiving feedback from the teaching team and external/guest partners/lecturers.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M30Produce graphic/video material on housing issues relevant to the community in question based on literature and engagement
Design/Creative proj1M70Final project work involving drawing illustrations and 3d representation of proposals
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Design/Creative proj1MInterim presentation of design work
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is appropriate to design projects and involves also assessing the students’ outputs of engagement as well as research through the assessment of the production of a video or online-report. The assessment reflects the learning and skills outcomes.

Reading Lists