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Vertical Versus Horizontal: Constraints of Modern Living Conditions in Informal Settlements and the Reality of Construction

Franziska Laue

in Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165405
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0006
Vertical Versus Horizontal: Constraints of Modern Living Conditions in Informal Settlements and the Reality of Construction

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This chapter is based on fieldwork carried out in Jeramana, a village that was once in the Ghouta and now forms part of Greater Damascus. It studies the architectural development of two streets located on agricultural land. Middle-class households have no choice but to build their own homes, using the flexibility of concrete blocks, cement, and reinforced concrete pillars for adapting housing to income and family size. The author thus shows that construction techniques allow for the use of better materials as incomes rise.

Keywords: Self-building; construction techniques; Damascus

Chapter.  7921 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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