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Affordable Housing for Smart Villages

1st Edition

By Hemanta Doloi, Sally Donovan


232 pages

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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

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Housing in rural settings

Chapter 3: The nature-culture determinants of rural housing

Chapter 4: Affordable houses

Chapter 5: Housing affordability

Chapter 6: Materials and resources in construction of affordable houses

Chapter 7: Global practices in rural development

Chapter 8: Vulnerability in rural community

Chapter 9: Resilience in rural community

Chapter 10: Sustained growth and development

About the Authors

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 co-author of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure for Smart Villages, Routledge, 2019.

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, Routledge, 2019.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
ARCHITECTURE / Project Management
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Investments & Securities / Real Estate
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Real Estate / Buying & Selling Homes
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Real Estate / Mortgages
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
HOUSE & HOME / Sustainable Living
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General