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Understanding urban housing transformations : a case study of Bhogal, India

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dc.contributor.advisor Nabeel Hamdi. en_US
dc.contributor.author Benjamin, Solomon J., 1960- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-30T16:02:47Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-30T16:02:47Z
dc.date.copyright 1985 en_US
dc.date.issued 1985 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/45685
dc.description Thesis (M.S.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1985. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis attempts to describe dwelling transformations in the case of Bhogal, New Delhi. It is hoped to clarify the links between socio-economic forces and their resultant impact on physical form, through its transformation. The project is a refugee housing program, undertaken by the Government of India in the early 1950's to cope with the large influx of refugees during the partition between India and Pakistan. Over a period of twenty years, the project like other emergency measures , has become permanent. It is rapidly transforming to provide a livable environment. India, like other Third World environments, is on the verge of another emergency, facing unprecedented urban growth. It is obvious that the government with its limited resources, cannot cope with these pressures. There is a general agreement that the government needs to play the role of a "support" rather than a "producer", especially with regard to housing for the lower income groups. The case study exemplifies developments and transformations of existing dwelling environments in Delhi today. It therefore might help to identify some basic principles and directions along which future research might take. The case study provides a useful insight into the circumstances that allow a group of people to upgrade their circumstance both socially and economically with minimum formal assistance. The thesis also attempts to clarify informal linkages and networks that evolve to form a crucial part of the process of upgrading in this environment. This forms the bulk of the argument of the "supportive" role of the government and the need to understand existing linkages and networks to identify areas of intervention. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Solomon J. Benjamin. en_US
dc.format.extent 244 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.title Understanding urban housing transformations : a case study of Bhogal, India en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree M.S. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 13150080 en_US


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