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A sustainable post-disaster housing development framework for an indigenous Hao-Cha community in Taiwan: considering culture and livelihood in housing extensions

Sung Lun Tsai (Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan)
Chiho Ochiai (Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan)
Chuan Zhong Deng (National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, New Taipei City, Taiwan)
Min Hui Tseng (National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, New Taipei City, Taiwan)

International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment

ISSN: 1759-5908

Article publication date: 9 August 2021

Issue publication date: 21 September 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Several post-disaster housing extension and modification studies have indicated that owner-driven modification behavior relates to socio-economic and livelihood factors. This study aims to clarify housing extension patterns and examine the relationships among spatial characteristics, sociocultural factors, livelihood factors and housing extensions. This research also highlights the implications of post-disaster housing design for indigenous communities.

Design/methodology/approach

An indigenous community case study was conducted using a literature review. Moreover, interview surveys and housing measurements were implemented based on purposive sampling to diversify interviewees’ backgrounds and the extent of housing extensions.

Findings

This study confirms that housing extensions are closely related to the number of household members and their associated functions and cultural and livelihood factors that were ignored during the design stage. Furthermore, the housing extension process was confirmed to match households’ economic recovery. A post-disaster housing implementation framework for the indigenous population is proposed.

Research limitations/implications

This research only targeted one indigenous community with a limited number of interviewees and samples because of the connection with households.

Practical implications

The study’s proposed resilience post-disaster housing framework can be used to develop post-disaster housing design guidelines, which can benefit policymaking. The proposed participatory concept can be further adopted in future disaster risk-reduction programs.

Originality/value

This study uniquely focuses on the pre- and post-disaster housing layout and the livelihood of an indigenous community. It offers valuable insights for post-disaster reconstruction planners and practitioners.

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Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Obayashi Foundation and the Mishima Kaiun Memorial Foundation’s research fund. Nonetheless, the research content does not represent the viewpoints of these organizations.

Citation

Tsai, S.L., Ochiai, C., Deng, C.Z. and Tseng, M.H. (2022), "A sustainable post-disaster housing development framework for an indigenous Hao-Cha community in Taiwan: considering culture and livelihood in housing extensions", International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 583-600. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJDRBE-02-2021-0019

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