Innovation in Social Housing

A collaborative study with government and UniSA architecture students, looking at new forms of social housing in South Australia for the over-50s.

Innovation in Social Housing was a partnership between Housing SA (who own the Government’s housing assets), Renewal SA (who are responsible for managing their procurement and delivery), and the South Australian Department for Health’s Office for Ageing Well (who strategise and advise on positive health outcomes for older people). The project is the first stage of the development of new design briefs for Housing SA projects aimed specifically for older tenants.

This Design Principles Report was undertaken with Master of Architecture students of the University of South Australia as a response to observations during project workshops involving current social housing tenants and housing industry members. Design Principles that respond to the concerns and desires of tenants and industry representatives are described in this report, along with precedents of housing projects that offer tangible examples of innovative design approaches.

Drawings by research assistants Rupert Piccoli, Ed Ramsay and Jacqueline Stacey:

Recommended citation:
Madigan, Damian. “Innovation in Social Housing 90 Day Project: Design Principles Report.” Adelaide: University of South Australia, 2017.