Building Without Borders

Building Without Borders

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In cities and countries around the world, billions of people live in slums and shanty towns, doomed by ongoing poverty to grossly inadequate shelter. Solving the global housing crisis has become one of the most urgent imperatives of our time, but doing so without creating problems of ecological degradation and lack of empowerment is a major challenge. Building Without Borders describes the pioneering efforts of those who have taken up this challenge to great effect. It surveys numerous projects that are housing the homeless without destroying natural habitats to do so, by drawing upon local traditions. The book travels from Africa and Latin America, through India, China, and Thailand - as well as Poland and the Southwest of the United States. Including contributions from over thirty experienced practitioners, its focus is upon locally sustainable building, covering aspects of international development, appropriate technology, technology transfer, and teacher training, and a special focus on the use of natural building for displaced populations, refugees and in disaster mitigation. Highly illustrated and popular in style, it includes case studies, technical information, and the latest thinking on truly sustainable construction. With an appendix that outlines the remarkable work of Builders Without Borders as well as a complete listing of further resources, Building Without Borders will find an eager readership among development professionals, affordable housing groups and appropriate technologists as well as architects, designers, natural builders and housing advocates.BWB works closely with architects, planners, and builders to develop locally appropriate house designs and building systems. ... App-1 : Members of Builders Without Borders in front of the training structure built during its first Project Facilitatoranbsp;...

Title:Building Without Borders
Author: Joe Kennedy
Publisher:New Society Publishers - 2009-03-01

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