Sustainable Housing for Sustainable Cities: A Policy Framework for Developing Countries
Nairobi, Kenya: UN-HABITAT, 2012
82 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2012 Last revised: 30 Dec 2012
Date Written: 2012
The concept of housing requires a new understanding to effectively address the pressing issues of slums, the urban divide, economic and human development, and climate change. No longer regarded as simply a roof over one's head, housing today plays a crucial role in achieving sustainable development. Sustainable Housing for Sustainable Cities outlines key concepts and considerations underpinning the idea of sustainable housing and provides a comprehensive framework for designing sustainable housing policies and practical actions. Although sustainable housing is often considered from a predominantly green perspective this book advocates a more holistic approach, which recognises the multiple functions of housing as both a physical and socio-cultural system and which seeks to enhance and harmonise the environmental, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of housing sustainability to ensure prosperous residential neighbourhoods and equitable cities.
Keywords: housing, sustainability, cities, energy, building materials, planning, urbanization, affordability, social justice
JEL Classification: O10, O17, O18, O19, O21, O31, O33, O38, O57, Q20, Q28, Q40, Q42, Q48, R21, R31, R38
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