Aim of this catalogue
The International Year of Shelter for the Homeless (IYSH 1987) was initiated by the United Nations to draw the world's attention to the disastrous housing situation in developing countries. While there are numerous political, social and economic aspects of the problem, there is also a great need for appropriate technical solutions, and these are what the book is about.
More than sufficient information on building materials and construction technologies for developing countries is available in the world today, but only very few people - and least of all the local house builders - have access to it. Therefore, this catalogue has been prepared for architects and engineers, educational and scientific institutions, producers and suppliers of building materials, and above all, for the building practitioner in the field of low-cost constructions in all parts of the world.
The aim of the catalogue is:
• to summarise technical data and practical information from a large number of publications, enabling the reader to identify appropriate solutions for almost any given construction problem in low-cost housing in developing countries, without having to study volumes of literature, which is rapidly increasing every year;
• to list traditional materials and methods, as well as methods which are still in the experimental stage, but seem promising for the future;
• to provide theoretical background information, coupled with numerous practical examples of building material usage, which together will hopefully generate ideas for a series of new construction methods, with a view to further reduction of cost, construction time, energy input, wastage and pollution;
• to contribute to a worldwide exchange of information and experiences between all those who are involved in the research, development and implementation of more appropriate building construction in developing countries.
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