First published in 1999, this book consists of in-depth family case studies from Africa, Asia and South America. The purpose of the book is to give a clear understanding of the physical and non-physical structures in bottom-up housing approaches. Physical structures include design aspects, materials, infrastructure and construction methods and stages. Non-physical structures include finance sources, participation and decision processes. All these elements present a challenging task for academics, research, policy makers and non-governmental organizations when intervening in bottom-up housing approaches. The book consists of four sections. Section I is an overview of conceptual issues and cross-national studies. Section II through IV are composed of case studies and fieldwork experiences from Africa, Asia (including the Middle East) and South America.

section Section I

An overview of some conceptual issues

section Section II|1 pages

Case studies from Africa

chapter 2|16 pages

User modifications in public housing estates:

Some findings from the Nigerian scene

chapter 3|22 pages

Breaking through the barrier of standardisation:

The case of Tenth of Ramadan core housing scheme, Egypt

chapter 4|40 pages

Post-occupancy evaluation of five-storey walk-up dwellings:

The case of four mass housing estates in Algiers

chapter 6|16 pages

Housing and difference in Cape Town, South Africa:

Case studies and policy concerns

chapter 7|17 pages

Do grassroots publicity and media success guarantee successful housing?

A case study of ‘bottom-up’ approaches to housing and urban regeneration in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa

section Section III|1 pages

Case studies from Asia

chapter 8|20 pages

Housing adaptable to changing conditions:

A physical analysis of the older neighbourhoods of Yokne’am Illit, Israel

chapter 9|22 pages

Housing processes in war-tom areas:

Family case studies from Lebanon 1

chapter 10|90 pages

Chinese vernacular dwellings:

A popular approach to housing supply

section Section IV|1 pages

Case study from South America

chapter 11|15 pages

Balancing capacity with vulnerability:

Dwelling on unstable land, Caqueta, Lima, Peru