Over the past few years, there has been a heated debate over the quality of Finnish housing construction. The discussion has gained new momentum in the cross-pressure of rapid urbanization, the growing efficiency of housing production and the increasingly diverse needs of citizens. However, the debate is mainly conducted only from the perspective of experts.
Resident perspective is much needed to this discussion and searched for in the project ´Miksi Turkuun?´ which is carried out in interdisciplinary collaboration between the researchers from University of Tampere's School of Architecture and Faculty of Management along with the University of Turku's Faculty of Social Sciences, Sociology.
Sini Saarimaa together with her project colleagues give shades to the expert-driven discussion in the article published now in The Finnish Journal of Urban Studies. The article called ´The Ingredients of Attractive Housing´ describes residents’ views on quality in housing and contributes not only to housing research but also to the field of housing design. The work is based on the theory of affordances, which was applied in the analysis of focus group interviews guided by participant-produced photographs.
The material was collected in the ´Reframing City Districts’ -project and interpreted from a design perspective in the ongoing ´Miksi Turkuun?´-project. Based on these results, new focus group discussions have been conducted at the turn of the year 2019-2020, that refine the themes described in the article and go deeper into the topic. More related research is therefore on its way.
A short blog about the findings is available here and the article can be found here.
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