This research is based on the following investigation: Are housing challenges better resolved, by focusing on end user requirements, rather than traditional housing policies? Therefore, it is proposed that the foundation for housing policy should begin with an understanding of a region’s underlying cultural patterns and urban identity. It is hypothesized that housing strategies may be impeded by policy, socio-economic variables and infrastructural oversights. Consequently, the ultimate objectives of housing may be more effectively evaluated and resolved with a direct emphasis on dwellings, as opposed to indirect measures. This research aims to identify what constitutes housing settlements, from the perspectives of common households and lessons derived from grassroots communities. This method is in contrast to market-based accounts; that may deviate from the natural course of city and regional progression. 

The most enlightening aspect of this research, will not be limited to identifying desirable living arrangements; but recounting how built elements at the culmination of the sequence relate to the initial root causes. It will then be possible to uncover the relationships between demographics and policy on settlements, at various stages of development. Ultimately, specific failings in the sequence can be isolated, allowing for housing problems to be solved in totality.

Supervisors: Dr Thomas Sigler

Project members

Tope Adeniyi

PhD Candidate