Culture, Cash and Housing
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 — 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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
1 Why we Build 3
2 Choice of Building Design 12
Traditional Building: Vernacular Architecture 12
The Role of Government in Shelter Provision 54
PART II Practice
3 Guidelines for Development Workers and Agencies 70
4 Experience in the Field 77
Low-Income Building in Kenya 77
Low-Income Building in the Himalayas (a) Bhutan 93
(b) Nepal 95
Low-Income Building in West Africa (a) The Gambia 99
(b) Ghana 101
Low-Income Building in Southern Africa (a) Zambia 103
(b) Zimbabwe 106
Low-Income Building in Caribbean and Belize (a) St. Vincent 108
(b) Belize 109
Low-Income Building in the Pacific (a) Fiji 111
(b) Vanuatu 113
5 A Checklist for Community-Based Builders 116
Appendix: Designing, Building and Testing Prototypes 121
Postscript: Lessons for us All? 124
I find the case studies to be well documented and to provide an excellent source of ideas, initiatives and recommendations ... This book will undoubtedly be of value to students and to those contemplating community-based projects.'
'If I had read this book before practising, my education would have cost my clients a lot less ... The many practical examples illuminate the universal principles underlying building that builds community ... every student, teacher and practising architect should read this book.' John Turner
||Maurice Mitchell,Andy Bevan
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||Paperback / softback
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