Enhancing security by reinstating “shared” space as negotiator between private and public spaces

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    Searching for better opportunities and exponential population growth have forced many rural inhabitants in developing countries to urbanize. Thousands of new “informal” houses are built every day to accommodate these people around the world. Due to the lack of land, financial capacity and planning these areas become particularly dense informal housing districts. The scarcity of social and spatial organization in slums is leading to degradation of the living standard and security. This article argues that one of the main reasons for these problems seems to lie in the relation between private, semi-private and public spaces organization. The article starts by situating the problem within a global context and the magnitude of self-build informal housing. Secondly, explaining the different levels of public private relations found in rural self-build practice by observing a local family on Mt. Elgon. Here the importance of transitional
    spaces to the sense of security is explained. Thirdly, identifying the lack of spatial negotiation and organization in urban informal housing (Nairobi) in Kenya. The article concludes by describing the importance and possible improvements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication"Design that cares" Multi disciplinary approaches to creating sustainable and meaningful built environment
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference of Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU)
    EditorsU. Rajapaksha
    Place of PublicationMoratuwa, Sri Lanka
    PublisherUniversity of Moratuwa
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)978-955- 9027- 66-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventFARU 2017: 10th International Built Environment Research Conference - Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Duration: 8 Dec 201710 Dec 2017

    Publication series

    NameFaru Proceedings


    ConferenceFARU 2017
    CountrySri Lanka


    • Security
    • privacy
    • spatial organisation
    • collective space
    • the role of architect


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