Sustainability and the Urban Planning Context: Housing Development in Algeria

Mia Mehibel, Adrian Pitts, Yun Gao

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This paper describes research into the development of housing in Algeria. It focuses on the history of traditional dwellings and the importance of outdoor space located inside the building: typically in the form of a courtyard. Courtyard dwellings in the city of Constantine are examined in some detail. The rapid urbanisation process taking place in Algeria in recent years together with difficulties in the planning system since colonial times has caused difficulties in responding to housing needs. The concentration of the population in smaller areas of cities has led to the need for more compact yet comfortable dwellings. The paper describes how the situation might be dealt with in the township of Jijel. A number of stakeholders are being consulted and the key results of in-depth interviews with architects are reported. The findings from the review of the existing housing areas and survey are then interpreted to make suggestions for development in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA 2014 Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Habitat for Developing Societies - Choosing the Way Forward
EditorsRajan Rawal, Sanyogita Manu, Nirmala Khadpekar
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789383184033
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
EventPassive and Low Energy Architecture Conference 2014: Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies - Ahmedabad, India
Duration: 16 Dec 201418 Dec 2014


ConferencePassive and Low Energy Architecture Conference 2014
Abbreviated titlePLEA 2014


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