For a decade and a half the author was director of the Ian Buchanan Housing Research Centre in the Faculty of Education at the University of Sydney.

During this period (1976-1992) the Centre pursued research into consumer attitudes to housing, medium density housing, elderly person’s housing and student housing.

From an historical point of view a number of papers and reports are reproduced, most being scanned from already printed sources and thus suffering in quality.


1970's suburban colonial inspired house



Housing as “Home” in the Australian Context

Ross Thorne (illustrated)

The article complains of some of the deficiencies in housing research that attempt to define the meaning of home. It then draws on some Australian research to at least partially address this issue and describes the difficulty of focussing on the human experience of the meaning of home.

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suburban houses