Winner of the 2020 IDEC award

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 with 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.

chapter 1|19 pages


chapter 3|29 pages

User Types

chapter 4|21 pages


chapter 5|23 pages


chapter 6|19 pages


chapter 7|30 pages

Design Considerations

chapter 8|13 pages


chapter 9|10 pages

Day Centers

chapter 11|14 pages

Multi-service Complexes

chapter 12|13 pages

Trends and Experiments

chapter 13|16 pages

Blue Sky Thinking