EXPERT PRACTICES IN RURAL HOUSING-AID

Cynthia Rothschild

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt

Abstrakt

Currently, some housing-aid programs result in homes that ultimately go unutilized, underutilized or are not suited to the lifestyle and needs of inhabitants. Often projects fail even when there are attempts at public participation. Studying the experiences of housing experts, as well as examining four specific housing-aid projects, brings some of the problems and possibilities of aid practices and ‘green’ building to light. In order to understand the problems involved, two of the four projects examined are ‘worst’ cases, which have largely not met users’ needs because experts did not engage with or incorporate ‘local knowledge’. The other two cases are ‘positive’ models showing how more effective programs could be run so that housing-aid contributes to the revitalization of rural communities. In addition, to consider the application of expert practices in different contexts, two of the cases are from Native American reservations in the U.S. and one each is from India and Namibia. This thesis aims to articulate practices that experts could employ to make housing-aid programs more effective at producing homes that meet their users’ needs. Such an aim requires a careful discussion of the context of housing-aid programs, aid models, and types of knowledge. Ultimately, the goal is to determine the appropriate role of experts in successful housing-aid projects.

UddannelserTekSam - miljøplanlægning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
SprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2004
VejledereBente Kjærgård