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Some socio-spatial aspects of low-income family housing, Culloden Court : a case study Patti, Muddu Gopal Rao


This thesis stems from three separate but interrelated questions on public housing projects: l) do families that are potential residents of public housing projects, living in the community at large, feel socially isolated, and is their sense of isolation alleviated by living in the project? 2) what are the effects on these families of living in a project with similar type (socioeconomic) of residents and the provision of common facilities? 3) what are the various forms of designed provisions that can be introduced to overcome social isolation and improve community integration? "Culloden Court," one of the public housing projects in Vancouver, has been chosen as the case study for this investigation. A series of unstructured interviews were conducted with: Group 1 - residents of the Culloden Court project; Group 2 - applicants requesting accommodation in public housing projects (future residents); and Group 3- the families living in the immediate neighbourhood of the Culloden Court project. Statistical data on the first two groups were derived from the files of the B. C. Housing Management. The questioning directed itself to finding (l) the personal relationship of the residents to each other, (2) how the different types of resident groups related to each other, (3) how the project residents and people from project neighbourhood area relate themselves to the housing and project facilities, and finally (4) the kinds of households that should be provided in the project. The findings clearly indicated that the future residents (Group 2) felt socially isolated in the community and were looking forward to living in projects, among a similar type of family. The response pattern also shows that project residents are generally more satisfied in the way they live now than the way they lived before moving into the project. The role of the recreation room was frequently mentioned in discussing satisfaction with the project. Social integration between the community residents and the neighbourhood of the project (Group 3) and project residents was found to be lacking, although project residents attach great importance to this aspect. It is hoped that this study may help in providing guidelines in designing future housing layouts for people who find themselves in similar situations.

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