Designing Sustainable Housing Using a User-Centred Approach: Paipe Case Study


This paper presents a user-centred design method for developing prototype housing designs in the Paipe community of Abuja, Nigeria, addressing the challenges posed by rapid urbanisation in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). UCD is a qualitative methodology that prioritises end users in the design process. This study employs qualitative methods to collect data through interviews, field surveys, and site analysis using a single case study. The UCD approach was used to develop a profile of residents and identify their needs and preferences. Thematic analysis of the data led to the creation of design specifications and prototype designs. Two design options were developed: a cluster design based on field survey observations and an enclosed modern design based on residents’ preferences. This study contends that user-centred design (UCD) is essential for sustainable housing provision in LMICs, aligning with the United Nations’ adequate-housing programme.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Engineering and Technology > Mechanical, Biomedical & Design
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Engineering for Health
Additional Information: © 2023 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// 4.0/). Funding: The project is supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering through the Frontiers of Engineering for Development seed corn funding 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable housing,informal settlement,prototype design,participatory design,adequate housing,bottle house,user-centred design
Publication ISSN: 2075-5309
Last Modified: 24 May 2024 07:19
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2023 08:27
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Published Date: 2023-09-30
Accepted Date: 2023-09-26
Submitted Date: 2023-08-22
Authors: Abbakyari, Maryam
Abuzeinab, Amal
Adefila, Arinola
Whitehead, Timothy (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8751-1484)
Oyinlola, Muyiwa



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