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Squatter Housing as a Model for Affordable Housing in Developing Countries

Elmira Gür ( Faculty of Architecture ITU-Istanbul Technical University Istanbul , Turkey)
Yurdanur Dülgeroğlu Yüksel ( Faculty of Architecture ITU-Istanbul Technical University Istanbul , Turkey)

Open House International

ISSN: 0168-2601

Article publication date: 1 September 2011

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Abstract

An affordability challenge for the governments is the trade-off between cost and quality. The housing gap is a reality for developing countries, and most frequently the gap is met by producing large numbers of low-cost housing units for the maximum number of people. Declining affordability is known to adversely affect both owner occupiers and tenants. The needy, due to an uninterested private sector, usually has either to depend on low quality housing mislocated in the city, without supporting infra- and social structures, or on squatter dwelling. The second option, despite being informal is responsive to the spatial and cultural needs of the users who ideally partake in the construction. The article queries and explores the ways in which the process and cultural preferences of the users of squatter houses, as builder-owner-occupants, are harmoniously intermingled in squatter housing; and draw housing policy implications through institutionalising some of their potentials. Considering squatters are at the lowest stratum areas and that their housing constitutes significant portion of the urban stock, government's pareto optimal which claims maximum good for the maximum number of people at minimum cost is seemingly justified with the quite restricted budget of governments of developing countries.

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Gür, E. and Yüksel, Y.D. (2011), "Squatter Housing as a Model for Affordable Housing in Developing Countries", Open House International, Vol. 36 No. 3, pp. 119-129. https://doi.org/10.1108/OHI-03-2011-B0012

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