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The Renewable Community: An attempt to provide adequate housing for squatter communities
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Squatter communities all over the world are facing eviction and relocation; actions which may severely damage their communities, identities and lifestyles. The muliti-story concrete tenaments of previous slum rehabilitation programs have proven to be unsuccessful and awakened the need of a different method. This project proposes not to provide the dwellers with ready-made housing, but instead a structural framework equipped with basic infrastructure, in which the residents themselves can build to form their own unique dwelling. Each family will be given two units of 17 square meters each, where one is enough to house an average squatter family, and two provides them with a more spacious dwelling. This also gives them the option to lease one unit, and through that make money to invest in their future. The housing will also be renweable in the sense that the residents build an upgrade according to their affordability, which means that they can start off with a simple shack and upgrade into a dwelling of middle class standard if their economy allows. Also, if the community needs more space for expansion, additional floors can be added on to the structure allowing the neighbourhood to grow and adapt to the current economical and social conditions.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-72764OAI: diva2:627435
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Architecture Program
Available from: 2013-11-18 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2013-11-18Bibliographically approved

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