- Low-Cost and Eco-Conscious: Compatibility in Emerging Coastal Towns   click here to open paper content1024 kb
by    Njue, Peter & Mackay, Taylor | peter.njue@cantab.net   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
Sustainable design is rarely considered in low-cost developments yet these are areas were a majority of people are found. This paper shows how sustainability is achieved yet maintaing affordable units in a work-live town.
Effects of climate change have led to poor farm yields resulting to many a people migrating from rural areas to urban centers in such for alternative sustenance opportunities. High cost of living coupled with poor planning of the cities, many have been forced to live in deplorable conditions due to their meager income. A number of humanitarian developers have been moved to develop low cost housing yet having a low impact on the environment. This paper presents a case study of an upcoming prototype town on a currently three acres plot which later, upon being successful will be rolled out to a thousand acre site. The masteplan demonstrates new ways of dealing with a challenging warm and humid site full of indigenous trees and relatively flat and the same time ensuring that all the buildings are passive by adopting the ‘green fingers’ concept. The other area challenging area covered in the paper will be how the live-and-walk-to-work town project aims to maintain its overall costs of the units to be less than 3000 USD by incorporating locally available materials and opinions from the future owners of the buildings
Low-cost housing, sustainability
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