first_imgNew project to design culturally appropriate housing A new pilot project by architecture students from The University of Western Australia and indigenous representatives from the North West aims to provide affordable and culturally appropriate housing to communities in the Pilbara.The UWA Masters in Architecture students will work with representatives from Robe River Kuruma to co-design a number of family houses planned for Karratha.The pilot project aims to provide affordable housing using contemporary prefabrication techniques as a showcase for other indigenous and non-indigenous groups.The students are working with the Robe River Kuruma people to incorporate culturally appropriate aspects and make the design appropriate in terms of commercial and regulatory design principles, block sizes and budget.“This is a great initiative giving our students exposure to emerging technologies and real world working projects. It also enables them to serve real clients from indigenous backgrounds.”Adjunct Professor Richard SimpsonThe houses will have a prefabricated service core, with two bathrooms, a kitchen and laundry with a secondary structural system built around the frame.The completed result is indistinguishable from a normal house but uses a different building method and technology.This makes the process smarter, faster and with a lower cost when compared to conventional construction.Project lead, Adjunct Professor Richard Simpson from UWA’s School of Design, said prefabrication had been used successfully in high-rise but not yet in single level housing at a significant scale.“Housing affordability is a crucial issue facing the north of Australia,” Adjunct Professor Richard Simpson said.“It is hoped that prefabrication and meaningful collaboration will provide a way forward.”Adjunct Professor Simpson said the collaboration between industry and academia was the first of its kind to use prefabrication in remote suburban contexts.“This is a great initiative giving our students exposure to emerging technologies and real world working projects. It also enables them to serve real clients from indigenous backgrounds,” he said.Sara Slattery, CEO of the Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation, said there was and had been for a very long time, a chronic housing shortage in the Pilbara that all parties, including government and the private sector had struggled to resolve.“The Robe River Kuruma people, consistent with their community objectives, are seeking to alleviate factors of disadvantage that impact them and housing is a key factor,” Ms Slattery said.“As such, to an extent, the Robe River Kuruma people have themselves decided to tackle this problem head on.” /University Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, affordability, affordable housing, architecture, Australia, Government, housing, housing affordability, Indigenous, Karratha, Robe, Simpson, technology, university, University of Western Australia, UWA, Western Australialast_img