Affordable Houses, Inclusive Cities


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SpecificationsISBN: 978-1-941806-19-7 Binding: Soft Bound Pages: 200pp Publication Date: Spring 2019 Size: 7.9375” x 10.6875” (Portrait) World Rights: Available

How are efforts at making cities more inclusive and equitable playing out across nations and societies, with different governance structures and varying political circumstances? How is affordable housing bridging economic gaps across different social and cultural geographies? This collection of fifty essays and case studies engages in these important questions and explores a wide array of strategies and approaches, extracting their overlaps and contrasts. It features interviews with influential administrators and planners such as Somsook Boonyabancha (Thailand), and Jaime Lerner (Brazil). It showcases projects by globally known architects and urbanists such as MVRDV (The Netherlands), and Alejandro Aravena (Chile). And it offers discussions on uplifting the base of the economic pyramid through low-income and slum-upgradation projects in Mali, Venezuela, Bogota, Myanmar, and Pune. This volume is not only an invaluable resource for architects and planners interested in the design of affordable housing, but for anyone interested in the global multiplicity and complexity of urban affordability, liveability and social justice.

Vinayak Bharne is an urban designer and city planner based in Los Angeles, USA. He is Principal and Director of Design of the award-winning practice Moule & Polyzoides, a professor of urbanism at the University of Southern California, and Executive Editor of the India-Netherlands-based urbanism journal, My Liveable City. His books include The Emerging Asian City, Zen Spaces & Neon Places, and the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation.

Shyam Khandekar is an urban designer, city planner and architect with four decades of design experience in Europe and India. He was the founder and director of the award-winning Dutch design practice Khandekar Urban Design and Landscape, that continued under the name BDP.Khandekar. From 2008-2012 he served as Company Director of the major international design practice BDP, headquartered in London. He is Co-Founder and Director of the Knowledge Platform, My Liveable City, and Editorial Director of its urbanism journal.




Soft Bound



Publication date

Spring 2019


7.9375” x 10.6875” (Portrait)

World rights