The Role Of Open-Built Space Morphology In Residential Environment Quality Assessment Of Cluster Housing

Sameer Dileep GUJAR, Amit DESHMUKH, Aditi CHIVATE


The current focus on sustainability has led to many sustainability assessment systems evaluating neighborhoods. The researchers assessed the various site and site planning parameters using physical density indices such as Floor Space Index and building ground coverage for evaluating their residential environment quality. Nevertheless, these tools are not comprehensive enough for assessing the residential environments. Furthermore, earlier studies enunciate how optimum housing layouts with good quality open spaces benefit its residents. Howbeit, current classifications of built-forms seldom acknowledge the intermediate open spaces. Therefore, the researchers used spatial analysis to classify open-built morphology in cluster housing layouts. Later, they conducted a comparative analysis of such morphological types in identified cluster housing projects to understand their role in residential environment quality assessments. Also, the applicability of the alternate indices viz. Wall Perimeter Index and Spatial Openness Index in residential environment quality assessment of low-rise cluster developments are analyzed. The present study attempts to classify open-built space morphologies in cluster housing layouts. The analysis shows that these morphologies affect the overall quality of residential environments. The study also shows that alternate indices could be appropriate for analyzing different cluster housing layouts. The classification of open-built space morphologies in cluster housing layouts will assist in better understanding of open-built form relationships and help in related future research studies. In addition, the validation of alternate density indices in analyzing housing layouts will help in the generalized use of these indices for residential environment quality assessments.

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