1st Edition

Affordable Housing for Smart Villages

By Hemanta Doloi, Sally Donovan Copyright 2020
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book initiates a fresh discussion of affordability in rural housing set in the context of the rapidly shifting balance between rural and urban populations. It conceptualises affordability in rural housing along a spectrum that is interlaced with cultural and social values integral to rural livelihoods at both personal and community level. Developed around four intersecting themes: explaining houses and housing in rural settings; exploring affordability in the context of aspirations and vulnerability; rural development agendas involving housing and communities; and construction for resilience in rural communities, the book provides an overview of some of the little understood and sometimes counter-intuitive best practices on rural affordability and affordable housing that have emerged in developing economies over the last thirty years. Drawing on practice-based evidence this book presents innovative ideas for harnessing rural potential, and empowering rural communities with added affordability and progressive development in the context of housing and improved living standards.

    • For a student aspiring to work in rural areas in developing countries it is an introduction to and map of some key solutions around the critical area of affordable housing
    • For the rural development professional, it provides a map of a territory they rarely see because they are absorbed in a particular rural area or project
    • For the academic looking to expand their activities into rural areas, especially in rural housing, it provides a handy introduction to a body of knowledge serving 47% of the world's population, and how this differs from urban practice
    • For the policy makers, it provides a map for understanding the dynamics around rural affordability, growth potential and community aspirations helping them to devise appropriate intervention programs on rural housing and development

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    1. Introduction

    2. Housing in rural settings

    3. The nature-culture determinants of rural housing

    4. Affordable houses

    5. Housing affordability

    6. Materials and resources in construction of affordable houses

    7. Global practices in rural development

    8. Vulnerability in rural communities

    9. Resilience in rural communities

    10. Sustained growth and development

    11. Epilogue



    Hemanta Doloi is a senior lecturer in Construction Management discipline and Project Director of the Smart Villages project at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning of the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the founding director of the Smart Villages Lab (SVL) and the lead author of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure for Smart Villages.

    Sally Donovan is a research fellow with the Smart Villages Lab in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Donovan has over ten year’s experience researching environmental management and environmental policy development. She is a co-author of the book Planning, Housing and Infrastructure for Smart Villages.