Developing Transformational Home in Post-Disaster Reconstruction: A Transformative Space Perspective

Archchana Shandraseharan*, Akila Pramodh Rathnasinghe, Diani Sirimewan, Niraj Thurairajah, Menaha Thayaparan, Anuradha Waidyasekara

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Abstract

Reconstruction is a highly valued task following any disaster. In most post-disaster recon-struction, housing schemes take precedence over other projects. In this context, the expec-tation is to provide the affected community with an environment that is either same or bet-ter than the pre-disaster condition. However, reaching a stage where the affected commu-nity will have a permanent housing solution that would help them to return to complete normalcy in terms of physical, economic and social conditions is still a challenge faced by the doners and the community. This paper attempts to establish the concept of ‘transfor-mational homes’ to ensure the transformation of temporary housing to permanent housing from the perception of production of space considering physical and social transforma-tional needs. A comprehensive literature study has been carried out to achieve the aim of the study. Initially, the theories applicable for post-disaster housing reconstruction such as the theory of the production of space, protection motivation theory and habitability framework have been discussed. Afterwards, a conceptual framework was developed to reflect the need for transformative space for post-disaster housing reconstruction, which enables the transformation of social and psychological aspects and the associated opera-tional and physical aspects based on the lived experience of the affected communities.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusUnpublished - 18 Dec 2021
Event12th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management - Earl's Regent Hotel, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Duration: 17 Dec 202119 Dec 2021

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management
Abbreviated title(ICSECM) 2021
Country/TerritorySri Lanka
CityKandy
Period17/12/2119/12/21

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