Importance of Social Space in Self-built and Donated Post-disaster Housing after Java earthquake 2006
Housing reconstruction cases without cultural sensitivity had resulted in rejection. These raise challenges to understand the importance of cultural background and how it affects residents’ lifestyles. This study investigated self-built and donated housing through on- field research with questionnaires, interviews, and field observations. Items related to dwelling usage, behaviour adjustments, evaluation and community activities participation were obtained. Results suggest that residents adjust their physical behavioural aspects to maintain previous social behaviour lifestyles, though evaluations indicate dissatisfaction with the unchangeable donated housing design. Social interactions importance, flexibility and open-ended design in housing are advantageous for their post-disaster recovery.
Keywords: self-built housing, donated housing, lifestyle, social interaction, adjustments
eISSN 2514-751X © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.