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The Cities of the Poor
Settlement Planning in Developing Countries

Edited By

Alan Turner

  • Available for pre-order on May 9, 2023. Item will ship after May 30, 2023
ISBN 9780367773663
May 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
318 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1980, this book was written by consultants in urban development with wide experience in the developing world and is a source book aimed at advisers (often from developed countries) who assist with urban planning matters on behalf of multi-lateral agencies such as the World Bank. It presents a style of consultancy which accepts that not all the problems of settlement planning in developing countries can be solved by the transfer of Western methods. Although the book concentrates on the techniques and methods which have been found to be effective in the field, it also argues for a new philosophy of consultancy, in which consultants work with local staff and using the ingenuity and spirit of enterprise among the communities themselves.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Planning Framework 1. The Context Alan Turner 2. Community Development Alan Turner 3. Project Planning Alan Turner Part 2: Social, Economic and Financial Context 4. Defining Social Needs David Walton and Graham Fowler 5. The Creation of New Employment John Butler 6. Administration and Finance Kenneth Wren Part 3: Physical Development 7. Environmental Evaluation and Design Richard Westmacott and Christopher Blandford 8. Planning and Development Standards Alan Turner 9. Low Income Housing Alan Turner 10. Financial Appraisal of the Project Kenneth Wren

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‘…a concise and intensely practical book… useful to technical advisers and students of urban development in developing countries.’ Alasdair I. MacBean