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A Home of Your Own
The purpose of this manual is to assist you to make a good choice about how you will build your home. Each housing cooperative will select one of three methods of building. The manual will give you ideas and advice about the three ways that are possible. Section I provides some introductory information about the manual. Section II presents a brief overview of the development process. Section III lists the steps in building a house. Section IV provides information on how to avoid common building mistakes. Section V includes detailed information on two methods of building – the mutual help approach and the contractor approach. The section ends with a discussion of a third option that combines the mutual help and contractor approaches.
The Case For Incremental Housing
The CIVIS series shares knowledge and learning arising from Cities Alliance projects and other activities in slum upgrading and city development strategies. It also serves as a platform for policy dialogue and debate among city development stakeholders, including national and local governments, donors and slum dwellers to impact change in the lives of the urban poor and advance the urban development agenda.
Incremental Housing - A proactive urban strategy
Around the world, slum upgrading receives a great deal of attention. However, focusing on slum upgrading is insufficient, overly expensive and traps us in a hopeless catch-up mode. After-the-fact endeavors doom us to expensive reactive efforts and compromise urban development. We need to shift to a proactive strategy. Traditional approaches of building “instant” housing are too costly, socially disruptive, often culturally inappropriate and overtax scarce administrative resources.
A Case for the Incremental Housing Process in Sites and Services Programs
Worldwide, urbanization is a process in which both cities and low-income residents build incrementally: cites expand and improve infrastructure as populations grow; people construct houses as they can afford, one room at a time, to have a better place to live. Both advance as resources, regulations, bureaucracies, markets and costs allow. City governments look for ways to guide and control the processes, often with mixed results.