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An experience in Rio de Janeiro (Volume II)
The second of two publications outlining the key features of Bento Rubião Foundation’s (FBR) pioneering Land and Housing Programme in Rio de Janeiro, a finalist in the 2005 World Habitat Awards. This volume focuses on the organisation’s Right to Housing project, which involves housing construction through mutual aid, self-management and the formation of cooperatives.
Implications for the social housing sector
This report contains the papers from the first colloquium on the future of social housing in the European Union, organised by the CECODHAS European Social Housing Observatory.
An experience in Rio de Janeiro (Volume I)
Over 15,000 families have benefited to date from the Bento Rubião Foundation’s pioneering work with the Right to Land and Right to Housing programmes in Rio de Janeiro. These programmes address issues of land tenure and urban regularisation, as well as innovative approaches to housing provision. In addition to empowering communities to improve their living conditions, FBR is also working successfully to influence both local and national government policy.
A knowledge-sharing event between Gram Vikas, India and communities in Medellín, Colombia
The second volume in a series of two which examines participatory rural habitat processes in South Asia and provides a framework for the development of a comprehensive Rural Habitat Policy for India.
The first volume in a series of two which seeks to fill the knowledge gap in the understanding of participatory rural habitat processes.
These downloadable guides provide details on two earthquake-resistant construction systems – one using cement blocks and the other using earth blocks. This information has been kindly made available by FUNDASAL who are working with local communities in El Salvador to rebuild their homes and economies after the earthquakes of 2001. Both documents are in Spanish but include photos, diagrams and plans that can be easily understood.
A Special Edition of Open House International citing eighteen housing projects which demonstrate successful approaches to some of the most prevalent housing problems in the world today. These are all winners or finalists in the World Habitat Competition over the last five years. A brief description is provided of each project, together with a summary of the key innovative approaches used.
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