Urban and community quality of life has become central to city planning and policy making. There are various social, environmental, physical, economic and psychological factors that are associated with the quality of life in a city.
Interrelated topics of research under this theme include health and wellbeing, medical devices and innovations, health and safety, experiential architecture and design, place-making, liveability, inclusivity.
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Scoping study on the current technology related to the Built Environment (BE) to support elderly people to live independently in their community. Funder: Positive Ageing Research Institute (PARI).
Dr Alison Pooley received over £13K from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Research Trust for her research into ‘Almshouses’.
The research project titled ‘Resilience and Community: new models housing for an ageing population’, focuses on exploring alternative methods of funding and managing new developments of almshouses within the UK, learning lessons from the past and applying those to the increasingly urgent issues of housing an ageing population.
Almshouses in the UK have existed for a thousand years, but their potential is not always well-understood outside the almshouse movement. Research on almshouses has focused on their history, not on their relevance today, and they are rarely mentioned or included in research which addresses current and future issues concerning housing design, development, planning and management.
This research, conducted by Dr Alison Pooley from our Department of Engineering & the Built Environment and Jenny Pannell from the Housing & Support Partnership, will both add to academic knowledge and have a measurable impact on practice, as they are working with industry partner Proctor and Matthews Architects.
This research project sits within other existing and future work strands at our University, including the work undertaken by the Positive Ageing Research Institute, and in the wider academic community, including contributing to the recently established UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).
This article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue of 'First', our Faculty Research Newsletter.
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