NAKHARA (Journal of Environmental Design and Planning)


Masud Ur Rashid

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Housing transformation is a major strategy among low-income households in formal and informal settlements. Domestic spaces are produced for social unity. This study illustrates the analysis ofdomestic spaces in a low-income settlement and their impact on the inhabitants' ways of life. The factors that affect the physical organization of spaces and its quality are evaluated with respect to the survival strategy of the low-income dwellers. The space organization of the dwelling units illustrates different structures and forms that may not fit the conventional understanding of modern urban housing. The space organization of a dwelling reflects the user's needs and space requirements and the incremental developments that are experienced with a mutual understanding of the neighbors. In this respect, the physical characteristics of a low-income settlement, Ershad Nagar resettlement camp, in Dhaka are investigated. In addition to housing and neighborhood characteristics, the economic, social and cultural status of the residents in those areas are examined. The study shows that the domestic spaces of the low-income housing are being transformed. The transformation of domestic spaces reflects the overall housing transformation of the settlement.

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