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User initiated extension activity in Bangladesh: "building slums" or area improvement?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Graham Tipple


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This paper presents the findings of research into the house extensions or alterations undertaken by the occupants of a government 'core-housing' estate in Dhaka. It shows that these extensions or alterations did not 'help to create slums', even though government officials often assume they will do so and have policies which are meant to stop such changes, In fact, these changes brought more rooms as well as more room per person, increased house size and improved service levels and physical conditions. They also increased the value of the housing and helped contribute to an increased supply of cheap and relatively good quality rental accommodation. The paper ends with some recommendations on the need for changes in official attitudes and more 'enabling' government regulations on such house extensions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tipple AG, Ameen MS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Urbanization

Year: 1999

Volume: 11

Issue: 1

Pages: 165-183

Print publication date: 01/04/1999

ISSN (print): 0956-2478

ISSN (electronic): 1746-0301

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.