DENSIFICATION STRATEGIES

Building for Empty Nesters households to stimulate flow of the housing market

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Abstract

The high prices and housing shortage are
significant problems for the Dutch population. Thus, besides a general housing
shortage, there is also a shortage of housing aimed at the needs of Empty Nesters.
Homes are not always life-course resistant, and alternative housing in the
desired living environment is lacking (van Staaij et al., 2021; real estate
market, 2022; Dynamis, AM, & Whooz, 2021). The purpose of this research is
to create a design strategy for densifying an existing residential area by
creating a dwelling concept that is suitable for the Empty Nesters households
as an attempt to stimulate the flow of the housing market for younger families.
As such, this thesis aims to investigate and answer the following research
question: ‘How can new dwelling concepts for Empty Nesters, be integrated into
a densification strategy for postwar neighborhoods, to stimulate flow in the
housing market for younger families?’ To answer the main research questions,
this study uses an approach that complements what was learned from literature
research on Empty Nesters, relocation motives, housing requirements, and user needs
with insights from both theory and practice of architectural examples. a clear
picture emerged about the target group; what characteristics they differ in,
what moving motives they have, what housing profiles this group has with
connecting housing preferences and what spatial, functional and social
qualities they need. By combining the outcomes of all sub-questions, a design
strategy was created that could be used to design housing that is attractive
and focused on the Empty Nester, integrated into an existing postwar neighbourhood,
in order to stimulate the flow of the housing market. Thus, this strategy and
the design created by using this strategy answer the central question of this
research.