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Creative Thinking in Affordable Housing

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  • 1. Creative Thinking in Affordable Housing The problem, paths to answers and examples of different solutions. Stuart Leo Managing Director 07 5660 6118 stuart@blirt.co Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 1
  • 2. Why are all our efforts on making things smaller or cheaper?Tuesday, 16 October 12 2
  • 3. http://woondu.com/galapagos-gaint-tortoise/Tuesday, 16 October 12 3
  • 4. The problem is we’re all looking for a silver bullet, believing one bullet will win a whole war.Tuesday, 16 October 12 4
  • 5. What Type of Problem? • We need to look at the problem carefully to make sense of the type of problem. • Cynefin Sense Making Framework (Prof. Dave Snowden) • Cynefin = Habitat or Place • Brings context to the type of problem and how to go about solving it. Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 5
  • 6. Different Types of Problems Emergent Practice Good Practice Probe - Sense - Respond Sense - Analyse - Respond Complex Complicated Disorder Chaotic Simple Act - Sense - Respond Sense - Categorise - Respond Novel Practice Best Practice Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 6
  • 7. The lack of affordable housing is not one problem.Tuesday, 16 October 12 7
  • 8. It is a group of many different types of problems, each requiring different paths to solutions.Tuesday, 16 October 12 8
  • 9. Within Australia and New Zealand almost 400,000 homes ... with an asset value approaching $100 billion are currently owned and managed by government. The costs of ... these homes, ... and the need to substantially increase supply, cannot realistically be funded by the public sector alone. Consequently, there is a need for innovative funding and investment to be brought into housing. Andrew McAnulty, CEO of MA HousingTuesday, 16 October 12 9
  • 10. More Than Just a Housing Issue • The urban development / housing industries will not solve this problem alone. • Affordable housing is Design impacted by design outcomes, social Social frameworks and cultures plus economic influences. Economic Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 10
  • 11. Urban AffordabilityTuesday, 16 October 12 11
  • 12. Affordable housing within realistic distances from affordable working, recreation and education.Tuesday, 16 October 12 12
  • 13. So What? What Can Be Done? • Address problems in different ways • Don’t create one Affordable Housing Strategy with best practice examples • Look for dynamic and organic responses • Look for the people who are probably breaking local planning laws and ask why. Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 13
  • 14. 5 ExamplesTuesday, 16 October 12 14
  • 15. Multi Generation • Hillside, flat top housing • As new generations of the family grow, levels are added. • This wouldn’t pass traditional western planning laws. • Extremely effective and Lifta village (Aisha Mershani) low cost. Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 15
  • 16. Extreme Low Cost • The $300 House • Massive goal to solve affordable housing in 2nd/ 3rd world • Using world wide resources to achieve collaborative outcomes • The finance, design, energy, http://www.300house.com co-creation, marketing, performance, corporate, sustainability, urban challenge. Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 16
  • 17. Economic Leverage • Hans Rosling: The magic of the washing machine. • Economic miracle enabling women to gain time freedom. • Learning, caring, working, creating, http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_and_the_magic_washing_machine.html participating in society. • What’s the next “Washing Machine” in your community? Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 17
  • 18. Creative Design • Live / Work • SOHO, Multi Generation • Small Footprints, Big Houses • Village Living Designed & developed in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast by DegenhartShedd • Probably illegal under vast majority of planning laws Architects & Urban Designers. Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 18
  • 19. Urban SOHO • SoHo 1 • SoHo 2: • 2 storeys • 3 storeys • 2 bedrooms • 2 multi-purpose studios of similar layout (one for residential use, one for either • 1 bathroom commercial or residential), each with kitchenette, ensuite and mini balcony • 1 garrotte (good crash pad for young people) • 1 ground floor office w/potential tea area combined with laundry • 1 first-floor open plan kitchen/dining/living • shopfront to the street • 1 breezeway deck between bedrooms and living space • 1 ground floor office w/kitchenette and WC • 1 lift (for potential elderly parents staying and future elderly selves) • Display window to street hiding carparking  Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 19
  • 20. Micro/Pop Up/Multi-Use • Mixed Use Spaces • Use to vitalise • Create density at low cost • Generate alternative short term working solutions • Incubate start ups • Take advantage of time relevant events / situations. Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 20
  • 21. Urban Affordability • What type of problem are you solving? • What alternative methods are at your fingertips? • How can you catalyse many different types of organic new ideas? • Who is already helping you solve your problems? • Where can you release control to reveal an increase in new ideas and experimentation? Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 21
  • 22. Creative Thinking is Smart Business The DNA of your business is the underlying business model. The anatomy of your business is your brand. And, the end state of how you knit together these two things is your strategy. Blirt! is a strategy firm. We help you create, shape and execute better strategy. We believe we can change the world one creative thought at a time. And, we believe your business will be smarter for it. Quite simply, we apply the science of creative thinking to deliver the art of strategy & execution. All the creative thinking we do at Blirt! is underpinned with strategy, Thank you. simplicity, wisdom & inspiration. We’d love to create an inspirational business with you. We’d love to see you win. Stuart Leo Managing Director 07 5660 6118 stuart@blirt.co Visit: blirt.coTuesday, 16 October 12 22

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