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Trans-Disciplinary Knowledge for Affordable Housing

Ashraf M. Salama (Department of Architecture and Urban Planning College of Engineering Qatar University, Doha, Qatar)

Open House International

ISSN: 0168-2601

Article publication date: 1 September 2011



The aim of this paper is to present an approach for comprehending affordable housing. The approach is based on a new paradigm of research: trans-disciplinarity; a form of inquiry that crosses the boundaries of different disciplines. An argument on the impact of trans-disciplinary thinking on understanding affordable housing is developed, then is placed within the perspective of how lifestyle theories and their underlying concepts can be integrated into a comprehensive investigatory process. In turn, a framework of inquiry is developed while reflected on affordable housing knowledge types. An interpretation of the framework into a survey tool is conceptualized. The tool is introduced in the form of a questionnaire to be implemented in different contexts. The testing of the questionnaire as a tool of inquiry reveals its validity, corroborates the value of integrating trans-disciplinary knowledge into affordable housing research, and accentuates the value of introducing lifestyle theories as a new form of knowledge necessary for future inquiry on affordable housing.



Salama, A.M. (2011), "Trans-Disciplinary Knowledge for Affordable Housing", Open House International, Vol. 36 No. 3, pp. 7-15.



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