COMMUNITY HOUSING PROJECTS. I AM COMPARING DIFFERENT TYPES OF    HOUSING DEDICATED TO PEOPLE WITH ID IN SELBU AND HOW THEY                  CORRESPOND WITH THE INTENTIONS AND VISION OF THE STANDARD.

                                               I HAVE FOCUSED ON ISSUES CONCERNING PEOPLE WITH ID                                               AND THE COMMUNITY MY AUNT IS A PART OF, I FOCUSED ON                          THE ARCHITECTURE BUILT FOR HER AND HER FRIENDS.

I WENT ON A  STUDY TRIP TO THE SMALL COMMUNITY SELBU IN NORWAY,

WHERE MY AUNT AND FAMILY LIVES. ARCHITECTURE CONCERNING

PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY IN SELBU IS MY CASE STUDY IN

THIS THESIS.

 

THERE ARE A VARIETY OF HOUSING FOR PEOPLE WITH ID IN SELBU. THERE ARE SMALL TERRACED HOUSES BUILT IN THE LATE 80S, THAT OPERATE AS GROUP HOMES AND PRIVATELY OWNED HOMES BUILT BY PARENTS WANTING TO SECURE THEIR CHILDRENS’ FUTURE BUILT IN THE 2000S, AS WELL AS A NEW INSTITUTIONALIZED LIVING FACILITY BUILT BY THE MUNICIPALITY.

 

MY FAMILY TOOK PART IN THE OPPOSITION AGAINST THE NEW LIVING FACILITY, BECAUSE THE PROPOSAL INVOLVED GATHERING EVERYONE WHO IS CONSIDERED TO BE DIFFERENT IN A SEGREGATED AREA IN THE CENTRE OF SELBU. WE LOST THE FIGHT, AND THE BUILDING HAS NOW BEEN IN USE FOR A LITTLE OVER A YEAR.

BECAUSE INDIVIDUALS WITH ID RARELY MOVE, THE OPPORTUNITY FOR LIFELONG HOUSING IS GREAT. THIS IS ALSO ARTICULATED IN THE GUIDELINES AND THE REQUIREMENTS FROM THE NORWEGIAN STATE HOUSING BANK, THAT FUNDS                 

I WANT TO GO BEYOND STANDARD BECAUSE I WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO AN INCLUSIVE WORLD, BUT IN ORDER TO DO SO I MUST BUILD UP MY ABILITY TO SEE THROUGH SEVERAL PERSPECTIVES. IT ISN’T ONLY ABOUT GIVING ACCESS, IT’S ABOUT MAKING DESIGN THAT SUPPORTS PEOPLE IN BEING CONTRIBUTING STAKEHOLDERS. IT’S NECESSARY FOR SOME, BUT GOOD FOR US ALL. 

 

I WANT TO LEARN FROM PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND

THE SPATIAL BORDER THEY ARE FACED WITH BY EXPLORING

THE RESPONSIBILITY I HAVE BEEN GIVEN, BY CLAIMING A ROLE THAT AFFECTS OUR BUILT ENVIRONMENTS, AND UNDERSTANDING THE POSSIBILITY THAT MY DESIGN CAN DISCRIMINATE. I TAKE

THE OPPORTUNITY WITH THIS THESIS TO LEARN SOMETHING TO MAKE FEWER MISTAKES IN THE FUTURE. I HAVE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH DISABILITIES AND HANDICAPS, BUT THESE EXPERIENCES DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY MAKE ME BETTER IN ADDRESSING ISSUES CONCERNING OTHER PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. I MUST LEARN TO COMBINE MY EXPERIENCES WITH MY NEW ROLE AS AN INTERIOR ARCHITECT. I AM DYSLEXIC AND HAVE BEEN THROUGH BIG OBSTACLES, PARTICULARLY IN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, AND I HAVE MY AUNT, WHO HAS AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AND DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFERENCES (ID). I AM PRIVILEGED TO HAVE THESE EXPERIENCES, BUT I HAVE NEVER EXPLORED THEM AS AN INTERIOR ARCHITECT. THIS IS WHERE I START ON MY WAY TO CONTRIBUTE TO A MORE INCLUSIVE WORLD.