Big Issues will continue to discuss and challenge myths, omissions and sloppy thinking that impact badly on the design, construction and maintenance of housing and consequently people's health.
Improving the chances of an Indigenous child having the working facilities in a house to have a wash in 2017 may appear simple or insignificant but Indigenous children and families around Australia think this is a big issue.
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Not too long ago, a Federal Housing Minister informed staff that the ideal policy briefing should be able to be written on the back of a drink coaster. HH took on the challenge in the lead up to the 2013 Federal elections.
Housing for Health – the Guide aims to be the online directory for anyone in the world interested in the detailed links between housing and health by providing detailed guidance on the design, build and maintenance of the living environment to improve safety and health.
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The inaugural Water Innovation Challenge, led by the World Plumbing Council and RMIT University, was contested by 2 teams of young professionals from Australia and the USA. Their challenge, to design and prototype innovative plumbing solutions, will be implemented in Nepal and Bangladesh during Sanitation Studios.
The National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing is very clear when it comes to stated goals and target numbers. HH is interested in the mix of works and cost, as well as why there seems to be no correlation with the national program budget.
This story centres around the struggle to build quality toilets in Nepal and the tacit acceptance of poor standard housing currently being built for Indigenous people in Australia. The contrast between a poor and a rich country is obvious, less so is the common attitude that poor people deserve poor solutions.
The old argument of not supplying white goods has been resurrected for the APY Lands and talks about no interest loans for Anangu to buy their own machines have been floated. With the median individual non-Anangu weekly income at $700 - $799, the likely end result will be a reduction in peoples capacity to wash their belongings, a rise in the level of infectious diseases and immature onset of renal disease.
In May 2013, Healthabitat Director Paul Pholeros delivered the TedX talk "How to reduce poverty? Fix homes". You can watch the internationally reaching talk and read the full transcript here.
Healthabitat was invited to represent Australia in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, as well as to contribute to relevant Biennale publications. What forces underpinned the funder's decision to erroneously modify HH's story for the exhibition?