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Editorial: Changing Paradigms in Affordable Housing, Quality, and Lifestyle Theories

Ashraf M. Salama (Department of Architecture and Urban Planning College of Engineering Qatar University, Doha, Qatar)
Urmi Sengupta (SPACE-School of Planning, Architecture, and Civil Engineering Queen’s University Belfast Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom)

Open House International

ISSN: 0168-2601

Article publication date: 1 September 2011



Affordable housing has long been an important planning and design concern in large urban areas and around the peripheries of major cities where population growth has led to an increasing demand for descent housing environments. The issue of affordability has attracted researchers and scholars to explore planning and design determinants, financing mechanisms, cultural and social issues, and construction and building techniques. This interest has been the case for several decades since affordable housing themes have offered a rich research area that involves many paradoxes that keep presenting challenges for planners, architects, and decision makers. Housing costs are increasing in most cities and incomes are not increasing at the same rate. Governments, on the other hand, are unable to provide sufficient housing stock to bridge the gap between demand and supply due to decreasing housing budgets and the lack of investment.


Salama, A.M. and Sengupta, U. (2011), "Editorial: Changing Paradigms in Affordable Housing, Quality, and Lifestyle Theories", Open House International, Vol. 36 No. 3, pp. 4-6.



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