1st Edition

Homelessness and the Built Environment
Designing for Unhoused Persons

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after June 1, 2021
ISBN 9780367232443
June 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages 121 B/W Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Homelessness and the Built Environment provides a practical introduction to the effective physical design of homes and other facilities that assist unhoused persons in countries identified as middle to high-income. It considers the supportive role that design can play for unhoused persons and other users and argues that the built environment is an equal partner alongside other therapies and programs for ending a person’s state of homelessness. By exploring issues, trends, and the unique potential of built environments, this book moves the needle of what is possible to assist people experiencing trauma.

Examining important architectural and interior architectural design considerations in detail within emergency shelters, transitional shelters, permanent supportive housing, day centers, and multi-service complexes such as space planning choices, circulation and wayfinding, visibility, lighting, and materials and finishes, it provides readers both curated conclusions from empirical knowledge and experienced designers’ perspectives. 

Homelessness and the Built Environment is an imperative and singular reference for interior designers, architects and building renovation sponsors, design researchers and students forging new discoveries, and policy makers who seek to assist communities affected by homelessness.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. History 3. User Types 4. Perspectives 5. Theory 6. Frameworks 7. Design Considerations 8. Shelters 9. Day Centers 10. Transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing 11. Multi-service Complexes 12. Trends and Experiments 13. Blue Sky Thinking

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Jill Pable is a professor and chair of the Interior Architecture & Design Department at Florida State University. Her research focuses on the design of environments for people experiencing trauma and she leads Design Resources for Homelessness, a non-profit research communication organization at designresourcesforhomelessness.org.


Yelena McLane is an Assistant Professor in the Interior Architecture & Design Department at Florida State University. She explores relationships between interior configurations and users’ experiences within spaces, and social influences upon these relationships. Her recent publication focuses on resident perceptions of community spaces in permanent supportive housing.


Lauren Trujillo has a B.S. and an M.F.A. in interior design and has served as an adjunct instructor in interior design and art history at several colleges. She is a licensed interior designer in Florida and is a LEED GA. Her research interests include intercultural design and education.