Living Space Needs of Small Housing in the Post-Pandemic Era: Malaga as a case study


  • Professor Dr. Carlos Rosa-Jimenez Institute for Habitat, Tourism, Territory, Edificio Ada Byron, Campus de Teatinos, 29071, University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain
  • Cristina Jaime-Segura Institute for Habitat, Tourism, Territory, Edificio Ada Byron, Campus de Teatinos, 29071, University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain.



Architectural Design, Lockdown, Post-Covid City, Teleworking, Terraces, Hygienism


The COVID-19 lockdown period has highlighted the ability of housing to accommodate a comprehensive programme typical of the city and its public space. Housing units of under 60 m2 and in blocks of flats are the more vulnerable, as they have a higher percentage of non-community open spaces. That problem was analysed using a methodology based on psychological, urban planning and architectural indicators applied to two coastal cities in the Mediterranean area of southern Spain. The results highlight three aspects in this type of dwelling: the need to consider the orientation of the housing to improve the quality of indoor and outdoor space; the need in public housing policies for a greater number of rooms to facilitate remote working; and finally, the importance of functional terraces overlooking green areas.


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Author Biography

Professor Dr. Carlos Rosa-Jimenez, Institute for Habitat, Tourism, Territory, Edificio Ada Byron, Campus de Teatinos, 29071, University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain

Professor Dr. Carlos Rosa-Jiménez is a Professor at Higher Technical School of Architecture and Deputy-director of the Habitat-Tourism-Territory Institute, both of them at Universidad de Málaga. His research career focuses on the architectural dimension of tourism and its link to the landscape, especially linked to urban and heritage rehabilitation and requalification. He is specialized in the rehabilitation of mature destinations and is the author of a dozen books and book chapters. He has participated in numerous research projects, in addition to receiving a research award at the XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. Among the most relevant projects is the project on the cartography of the Costa del Sol, collected in the Liquid Tourism publication (2010).

Recently as Co-Director of the Strategic Chairs between the UMA and the Malaga City Council on Emerging Technologies for Citizenship, he has developed research and transfer in participatory cartographies. He has collaborated in the creation of the Transversal Tourism network that analyses the problems of the landscape in tourist environments from different fields of knowledge. In terms of training, he has developed the tourism and landscapes research line in university master's degrees at various national (Malaga, Seville) and international (Chile) universities. He has been a visiting professor and researcher at Berkeley (California, USA, 2014), Faro (Portugal, 2016) and Genoa (Italy, 2017).


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How to Cite

Rosa-Jimenez, C., & Jaime-Segura, C. (2022). Living Space Needs of Small Housing in the Post-Pandemic Era: Malaga as a case study. Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs, 6(1), 51–58.



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