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Towards improving the design and planning of post-conflict housing reconstruction projects: a conceptual framework

Heba Iskandarani (School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK)
David G. Proverbs (School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhamptonx, UK)
Hong Xiao (School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 13 October 2022

Issue publication date: 2 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

There is a significant dearth of theoretical and practical knowledge with respect to the design and planning stages of post-conflict housing reconstruction projects. This research presents the development of a conceptual framework towards improving the design and planning processes of post-conflict housing reconstruction projects.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic review of the literature on post-conflict housing reconstruction in developing countries, incorporating the themes of collaboration and stakeholder engagement, is presented. A synthesis of this literature is used to inform the development of a conceptual framework that seeks to address the limitations of current housing reconstruction models in post-conflict environments by establishing collaborative approaches at the initial stages of design, as well as the tasks required to achieve efficient results through the aid of relief organisations (NGOs).

Findings

While the review essentially identifies the fundamental issues and inadequacies of the current housing reconstruction models, the proposed framework aims to enable the implementation of better and efficient collaborative design and planning strategies and practices in post-conflict housing reconstruction.

Originality/value

The conceptual framework aims to promote more effective collaboration through the design of post-conflict housing reconstruction projects by strengthening communication and coordination between the key stakeholders. Furthermore, the research highlights several gaps in the extant literature, signposting new directions for future research in the area of stakeholder engagement during the design and planning post-conflict housing.

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Citation

Iskandarani, H., Proverbs, D.G. and Xiao, H. (2023), "Towards improving the design and planning of post-conflict housing reconstruction projects: a conceptual framework", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 253-269. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-03-2022-0047

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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