New Vernacular Architecture as Strategy for Housing the Poor

Improving living conditions of the poor often involves a drastic change in lifestyle, in order to fit daily life into industrially produced dwellings. Slum rehabilitation programs replacing informal settlements with standardized mass housing, have often resulted in a socio-cultural mismatch of inhabitants and the built environment. Participation strategies meant to counter this problem, show little effect unless the user is in charge. What is the problem with development and participation?

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