This special collection advances the understanding and implementation of housing adaptability and flexibility across a range of issues: spatial, social, environmental, economic, time and multi-use and multiuser adaptability. The adaptability of our homes is a social, emotional and cultural issue as much as a technical or construction challenge.
This special issue explores alternative approaches to providing thermal comfort and ventilation in different climatic zones across the world at the scales of building, neighbourhood and city. It considers the implications of these alternatives across a range of issues.
This special issue probes how cities’ complex systems and their interactions in cities (urban density, ‘green’ infrastructure and open space, housing, transport, waste management, water and sanitation, air quality, health systems, and city governance) inhibit or promote public health, wellbeing and equity as well as planetary health.
Investigations into how the retrofitting of domestic building stocks can be accelerated and what capabilities (policies, resources, training and practices) are needed to achieve this.
Research on the specific challenges, impacts and fragilities that urban densification creates at different scales.
An examination of how education and training can provide students with capabilities to create zero-carbon built environments.
An exploration of what constitutes appropriate and scalable carbon metrics in the built environment to inform policy and practice.
An exploration of the built environment’s role in the climate change and inequity nexus: highlighting social inequities and appropriate responses.