Housing Adaptability

Housing Adaptability

SPECIAL ISSUE LAUNCH: Join us for a webinar exploring how housing can be made more adaptable

While retrofitting the existing housing stock for climate change mitigation has been well researched, less consideration has been given to the increasingly important issues of the adaptation and flexibility of our homes – especially given the decreasing size of dwellings and changing nature of work and education. What can policymakers, planners, clients, developers and designers do to make new and existing dwellings more adaptable?

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Housing Adaptability: More Than (But Essential To) Climate Issues?

A home’s adaptive capacity supports an individual’s and community’s resilience when faced with inevitable life events and changing demographics (ageing population, migration, fluidity of household structures) and their associated disruptions and consequences.

Based on the recent Buildings & Cities special issue "Housing Adaptablity" guest edited by Sofie Pelsmakers and Elanor Warwick, this event will explore the climatic /environmental, social and economic perspectives for making housing more adaptable. An emphasis on durability will entail buildings that are adaptable to different user needs, but also able to respond to the changing climate to remain fit for purpose. Can a small additional initial investment in adaptability maximise a building’s value throughout its life – if so, what is holding us back and what needs to change?

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This virtual event is hosted by The Edge in conjuction with Buildings & Cities. It will explore these questions in relation to current practice and new initiatives with contributions from an invited panel and afterwards from the audience.


Chair: John Palmer UK Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Introduction: Elanor Warwick Clarion Housing Group, UK
Speakers: Jyrki Tarpio Tampere University, Finland

Astrid Smitham Apparata Architects, UK

Marta Smektala Wroclaw University of Science & Technology, PL
Respondents: Kirk Archibald Think Three, UK

Amy Burbidge Homes England, UK

Philip Graham University of Cambridge, UK

When and where

Online event. Free.
Monday 27 February 2023, 17.00-19.00 GMT/UTC
Advance registration is essential. There are limited places.
Registration: https://ED136-Housing_adaptability.eventbrite.co.uk

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