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Article: Socio-cultural factors in housing design: reconsidering the utilitarian and social roles of kitchens due to lifestyle changes in metropolitan Shanghai

TitleSocio-cultural factors in housing design: reconsidering the utilitarian and social roles of kitchens due to lifestyle changes in metropolitan Shanghai
Authors
KeywordsDaylight
Housing design
Kitchens
Shanghai
Socio-cultural factors
Issue Date2006
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jba
Citation
Journal of Building Appraisal, 2006, v. 2 n. 3, p. 223-239 How to Cite?
AbstractTargeting the family of the young working class in Shanghai, this paper provides a critical review of how designers and building byelaws are ignorant of the need to gauge changes in lifestyle and, as a result, changes in user requirement for buildings. It is observed that very often designers and law-makers assume a status quo scenario by simply following the building regulations and building standards that are often quantitative in nature as the norm for designing buildings. It is argued that user requirement of home evolves drastically in an ultra-economic-based transformation of society. As shown in a survey by the research team, the work-oriented lifestyle of the young working class demonstrated a change in attitude and expectation in the role of home and space usage. Using kitchen space as a control subject of the study, the authors proposed that there are two new trends in young working families: one that favours open-plan kitchen and another that favours separate kitchens. Discussion of the implications on design and space usage due to these opposite preferences argues that there is a need for re-structuring the design paradigm of the kitchen and its role (other than utilitarian) in a home. The analysis pinpoints socio-cultural factor as a significant influence for designing buildings by the example of kitchen, more so than those physical parameters such as daylight provision for the kitchen.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/138822
ISSN
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.164

 

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dc.contributor.authorLau, SSYen_US
dc.contributor.authorLi, FMen_US
dc.contributor.authorBaharuddin, Ben_US
dc.contributor.authorGao, Fen_US
dc.contributor.authorSong, DX-
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-23T05:38:45Z-
dc.date.available2011-09-23T05:38:45Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Building Appraisal, 2006, v. 2 n. 3, p. 223-239en_US
dc.identifier.issn1742-8262-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/138822-
dc.description.abstractTargeting the family of the young working class in Shanghai, this paper provides a critical review of how designers and building byelaws are ignorant of the need to gauge changes in lifestyle and, as a result, changes in user requirement for buildings. It is observed that very often designers and law-makers assume a status quo scenario by simply following the building regulations and building standards that are often quantitative in nature as the norm for designing buildings. It is argued that user requirement of home evolves drastically in an ultra-economic-based transformation of society. As shown in a survey by the research team, the work-oriented lifestyle of the young working class demonstrated a change in attitude and expectation in the role of home and space usage. Using kitchen space as a control subject of the study, the authors proposed that there are two new trends in young working families: one that favours open-plan kitchen and another that favours separate kitchens. Discussion of the implications on design and space usage due to these opposite preferences argues that there is a need for re-structuring the design paradigm of the kitchen and its role (other than utilitarian) in a home. The analysis pinpoints socio-cultural factor as a significant influence for designing buildings by the example of kitchen, more so than those physical parameters such as daylight provision for the kitchen.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jba-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Building Appraisalen_US
dc.rightsJournal of Building Appraisal. Copyright © Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.-
dc.subjectDaylight-
dc.subjectHousing design-
dc.subjectKitchens-
dc.subjectShanghai-
dc.subjectSocio-cultural factors-
dc.titleSocio-cultural factors in housing design: reconsidering the utilitarian and social roles of kitchens due to lifestyle changes in metropolitan Shanghaien_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1742-8262&volume=2&issue=3&spage=223&epage=239&date=2006&atitle=Socio-cultural+factors+in+housing+design:+reconsidering+the+utilitarian+and+social+roles+of+kitchens+due+to+lifestyle+changes+in+metropolitan+Shanghai-
dc.identifier.emailLau, SSY: ssylau@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1057/palgrave.jba.2950042-
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