Open Design Methodology In Mass Housing Through Investigation Of End-Users' Housing Physical Cues Preferences
Open Design Methodology is defined as a way of preserving the strength and integrity of the design concept while keeping it open for emerging and evolving expectations; hence, is capable of enhancing homemaking in mass housing, especially in developing countries, e.g. Iran and Malaysia whereby end-users are absent during the housing delivery process. This study aims at explaining the implication of Open Design Methodology in enhancing the sense of home in the mass housing through studying
... ough studying end-users' perceptions of housing physical cues. Accordingly, the collected data through a survey of housing physical cues preferences conducted on 116 Iranian students of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia living at least one year in mass housing apartments was analyzed, using Exploratory Factor Analysis and One Sample t-test. The seven extracted factors from Exploratory Factor Analysis were hierarchically classified into three levels using One Sample t-test. In addressing the aim of the study, the results of One Sample t-test shed light on end-users' perceptions, making it possible to address two different areas of decision making in mass housing namely professional and ordinary. Dealing with abstract, subjective, complicated, and multidimensional physical cues, the first area is far beyond ordinary end users knowledge, profession, and skill; hence the supervisory role of professionals is highly recommended. The second area deals with concrete and tangible physical features, which has the potential to be left open for end-users' gradually progressive decision making, and according to their evolving and emerging needs.