Culture, Cash and Housing

Culture, Cash and Housing

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This book examines the role of cultural tradition and the local environment in determining a community's attitude towards housing and its construction. It offers practical advice to enable planners and implementers of building projects (including development agencies) to assess effectively the community's needs and the factors which shape their own requirements for change. While there is a sizeable technical literature available on low-cost building, this book focuses on community involvement. It examines the issue of housing as a basic human need and puts the subject into a social and cultural context a€” whether this applies to traditional rural housing, or to the problems of an urban population.The book draws attention to the cultural context of housing which will shape a community's perception of its needs and its attitude to change. A range of case studies of VSO volunteers who have worked on community-based low-cost building programmes in a variety of countries and settings helps illustrate the issues, concerns and most importantly, the processes which can determine the success or failure of a building project. Culture, Cash and Housing deals with a large subject and gives an overview of the many issues and concerns which need to be taken into account when working on the problems of the built-up environment in less developed countries, although many of its lessons are equally relevant to the developed world.Essential reading for development agencies, project planners and implementers and fieldworkers, as well as academics and students in developed and developing countries.Community and Tradition in Low-income Building Maurice Mitchell, Andy Bevan. Duly, C, The Houses of ... Koenigsberger, O.H. et al, Manual of Tropical Housing and Building: Part One: Climatic Design, Longman, 1974. Leedy, P.D., Practicalanbsp;...

Title:Culture, Cash and Housing
Author:Maurice Mitchell, Andy Bevan
Publisher:Intermediate Technology - 1992


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