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Barrett, P, Sharma, M and Zeisel, J (2019) Optimal spaces for those living with dementia: principles and evidence. Building Research & Information, 47(06), 734–46.

Eberhardt, L C M, Birgisdóttir, H and Birkved, M (2019) Life cycle assessment of a Danish office building designed for disassembly. Building Research & Information, 47(06), 666–80.

Ferreira, C, Canhoto Neves, L, Silva, A and de Brito, J (2019) Stochastic Petri-net models to predict the degradation of ceramic claddings. Building Research & Information, 47(06), 697–715.

Hanc, M, McAndrew, C and Ucci, M (2019) Conceptual approaches to wellbeing in buildings: a scoping review. Building Research & Information, 47(06), 767–83.

Kowaltowski, D C C K, Muianga, E A D, Granja, A D, Moreira, D d C, Bernardini, S P and Castro, M R (2019) A critical analysis of research of a mass-housing programme. Building Research & Information, 47(06), 716–33.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: housing quality; housing research; inhabitants; mass housing; peri-urban; social housing; social impacts; social inequality; slums;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2018.1458551
  • Abstract:
    A recent expansion of mass-housing programmes has occurred in emerging economies. The analysis of research on programmes raises questions about what type of research is produced and what its impact is on housing. The Brazilian ‘My House, My Life’ (Minha Casa, Minha Vida – MCMV) programme demonstrates that more of the same type of housing is produced and that the focus of most research repeats the same mistakes. Three million homes have been built and the research community has examined the programme’s social, economic and environmental impacts. A total of 2477 scientific studies on MCMV are analyzed. Few studies were found to assess living conditions from a user perspective at the residential unit scale. Although improvements have occurred on some social issues, the siting of housing on the urban periphery is problematic for urban mobility, social segregation and aesthetic monotony. Also, the design model does not respond to the diverse needs of inhabitants. Opportunities are identified for actions and essential missing research on mass housing. Retrofit strategies are urgent and social cost studies should induce change to the design model. Evidence-based research is needed to support policies and design processes for affordable and quality housing solutions that value users, their needs and aspirations.

Schoenefeldt, H (2019) The House of Commons: a precedent for post-occupancy evaluation. Building Research & Information, 47(06), 635–65.

Ströbele, B and Lützkendorf, T (2019) Communicating environmental information: rethinking options for construction products. Building Research & Information, 47(06), 681–96.

Zhang, Y, Tzortzopoulos, P and Kagioglou, M (2019) Healing built-environment effects on health outcomes: environment–occupant–health framework. Building Research & Information, 47(06), 747–66.