The idea of a ‘new normal’ that includes schooling and working from home demands a re-think of domestic space design. The At Home with Children study aims to understand what constitutes ‘liveable’ domestic space for families with children under pandemic conditions. Throughout the study we are documenting different expressions of spatial resilience and the ways the family home is re-imagined, used and altered in order to allow all family members and activities to co-exist.  

As part of this exploration, the study will also examine the role of domestic space in alleviating and/or exacerbating the psychological and social impacts of COVID-19 on children and young people, as experienced by families. 

By taking part in this study, you will help us to learn from your family’s experiences in order to a) share good practice with other families for immediate, direct impact b) inform policy-makers and housing professionals about where to target resources for short-medium term impact and c) test and inform domestic design guidance and space standards for long-term impact.  

The study will provide an evidence-based framework that we will later use to evaluate current domestic standards for new housing in the UK. Over the life course of this study we will disseminate proposed spatial interventions that could alleviate the psychological and social impacts of any enforced proximities that can create conflicts in the home. Policy recommendations relevant across both England and Scotland, for national government, local authority and housing providers will be proposed. At the end of the project, a series of generalizable 'Home Hacks' alongside the diverse ideas generated through the At Home with Children social media community, will form the basis of the 'Home Hack Liveability Toolkit' 

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