4.236J / 11.463J
Structuring Low-Income Housing Projects in Developing Countries

Tensions and contradictions between the theories of developing projects for the low income are compared to the reality of compromise necessitated by real project demands, a key issue when projects are supported by the international donor community. The underlying belief is that theory building cannot be divorced from practice: both must be complementary for effective programs. Focus is at the project scale, with ongoing or planned projects as prime references. Case examples which are chosen by student teams will provide a comparative basis for understanding the preparation and implementation of housing projects. Projects will be explored within the changing world of development practice and shifts among key actors.

The focus of the class adjusts to the student composition. i.e., if a large number of architects, design issues would feature in development projects, if a large number of planners, more planning oriented concerns would be emphasized.

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