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Formalizing the informal city: Designing for development in a Peruvian shantytown


2005 2005

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Resources for urban development in Third World countries are usually very limited, while population demands are increasingly higher, resulting in informal urbanism. According to recent projections, nearly 75% of the growth of Lima over the past three decades has been due to the expansion of informal settlements; approximately 50% of the country's population lives in shantytowns.

This thesis maintains that urban and architectural design can promote sustainable social, economic, urban and human development. The project is located in Villa el Salvador (VES) a planned shantytown in southern Lima and is part of a proposed network of infill development for the 144 vacant urban spaces in the district. Each space is considered as a “core” containing mid-density infill housing, a public plaza, urban park space and an institutional/community building.

A progressive housing scheme is proposed which provides an initial basic core that is designed to support future expansion through self-help construction. The challenge is to provide a higher density model for self-help construction that replaces the predominant scheme of the single house per lot.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Architecture;
Urban planning;
Area planning & development
Classification
0729: Architecture
0999: Urban planning
0999: Area planning & development
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences
Title
Formalizing the informal city: Designing for development in a Peruvian shantytown
Author
Codina, Patricia R.
Number of pages
123
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0117
Source
MAI 43/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542129339, 0542129337
Advisor
Bell, Matthew
University/institution
University of Maryland, College Park
University location
United States -- Maryland
Degree
M.Arch.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1426865
ProQuest document ID
304996141
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304996141
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