Smart Hamlets© is an approach to housing that puts people, families and communities at the heart of the process. Developed with our colleagues at pumpco it draws together two complementary services, Initiative Design and ‘technology supported social networks’ tailored to an individual’s needs to maintain Independent Living. These share common goals, particularly around inclusion and independent living, and a strong community engagement ethos to provide a custom build service promoting inclusive sustainable living.
Smart design brings comfortable sustainable living together with easy access, a light and airy feel and flexible and adaptable living space. It also applies to how residents interact with their new homes and communities.
By bringing accessible sustainable design together with the technology supported social networks families, friends and neighbours can support members of their communities to live independent and fulfilling lives.
Hamlets are seen by many as close knit and self-reliant communities. Even our cities tend to be made up of smaller distinct local communities but still work as a whole. How a development is laid out and integrated with an existing community is seen as an important element in the design process. If a new development is to work effectively as a place to live and work then understanding its ‘role’ within, and its relationship to, the existing community is an important part of the design process.