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Prefabricated housing, a solution for Ghana's housing shortage

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dc.contributor.advisor John F. Kennedy. en_US Essienyi, Evans K. (Evans Kofi) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for Real Estate. Program in Real Estate Development. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial f-gh--- en_US 2012-01-11T20:17:59Z 2012-01-11T20:17:59Z 2011 en_US 2011 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M. in Real Estate Development)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Real Estate Development in Conjunction with the Center for Real Estate, 2011. en_US
dc.description This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from student-submitted PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 75-76). en_US
dc.description.abstract Sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing phenomenal population growth since the beginning of the 20th Century, following several centuries of population stagnation attributable to the slave trade and colonization. The region's population in fact increased from 100 million in 1900 to 770 million in 2005. The latest United Nations projections, published in March 2007, envisaged a figure of 1.5 to 2 billion inhabitants being reached between the present and 2050 (CEPED, 2008). The growth in population poses a lot of challenges for Governments of these countries, not the least is housing the masses. Some governments have explored industrialized building systems (IBS) -- PREFAB HOUSES to address the housing shortage. The social and economic factors in these countries have impeded the success of these housing initiatives. In 1952 the then Gold Coast government explored the possibility of employing industrialized Building Systems (IBS) -- PREFAB HOUSES to relieve the housing shortage in the country, then a British colony. The government engaged Messrs. N. V. Schokbeton of Kampen, Holland as consultant of the project and producers of the Prefab houses. The program was abandoned on the recommendation of the United Nations Technical Assistance Mission on Housing to Ghana. This essence of this paper is to reviews the UN report to the government of Gold Coast to learn why the project failed and what might be done to make such a project successful in the 21st century . This paper uses case studies to show countries that have successfully and unsuccessfully employed Industrialized Building Systems (IBS) -- PREFAB HOUSES to address housing shortage. Finally, this paper employs a survey to gauge the interest - the willingness of the middle income Ghanaian to adopt prefab houses as dwelling units. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Evans K. Essienyi. en_US
dc.format.extent 76 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Center for Real Estate. Program in Real Estate Development. en_US
dc.title Prefabricated housing, a solution for Ghana's housing shortage en_US
dc.title.alternative Prefab housing, a solution for Ghana's housing shortage en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Real Estate Development en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for Real Estate. Program in Real Estate Development. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 770697855 en_US

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