Housing Affordability Design Policies in Malaysia and Jordan: Environmental, Functional, Social, Political, and Economic Challenges

Mais Radhi Al-Ruwaishedi, Dr. Azimin Samsul Mohd. Tazilan and Dr. Kamarul Afizi Kosman

Providing affordable housing for low-income families has become a key issue particularly in developing nations, where a majority of the population had an increasing and urgent need for more affordable, sustainable, and functional houses that meet their social and economic needs. The provision of affordable housing for low-income families is a major policy concern around the world, where Malaysia and Jordan being no exception. Still, housing market in both countries struggles from serious problems. Therefore, this paper seeks to explore the challenges that are facing housing affordability market in Malaysia and Jordan, focusing on the environmental, functional, social, political, and economic aspects. In addition, to provide future recommendations and suggestions for more developments which will improve affordable housing supply and design in both countries. The challenges are pointed out through developing a comparative model between Malaysia and Jordan constructed based on previous literature reviews and analysed filed data. Findings indicate that housing market in both countries is unaffordable for low-income group. This implies that housing policies in Malaysia and Jordan should increase the cooperation between public and private sectors. Also, tends towards smaller, shared, and multi-used housing units, as well as using and developing local housing construction techniques and building materials.

Volume 11 | Issue 5

Pages: 44-54