Autonomy

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The situation whereby inhabitants control the major decisions and are free to make their own contributions in the design, construction, or management of their housing, both this process and the environment produced stimulate individual and social well-being. When people have no control over, nor responsibility for key decisions in the housing process, on the other hand, dwelling environments may instead become a barrier to personal fulfillment and a burden on the economy.[1]


[1]   Robert Fichter, John F.C. Turner and Peter Grenell, “The Meaning of Autonomy,” in Turner, John F. C. Freedom to Build: Dweller Control of the Housing Process (New York: MacMillan, 1972).