Design, Technology and the Development Process in the Built by Tom Collier

By Tom Collier

This moment booklet within the top sequence explores the elemental turbines and contextual matters - philosophical, actual and political - that impact outfitted environments. It attracts on foreign examples to teach how societies and cultures in several elements of the area react to comparable difficulties. It contrasts dramatically types of structures and enclosures from primitive shelters to area laboratories. They exhibit how mankind endeavours to regulate the surroundings - no matter what it's.

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5 Both types of settlement were characteristic of the public sector building boom of the 1950s and 1960s. The former were built as dormitory settlements of the cities, with a minimum of investment in shopping, leisure and health facilities and an almost complete absence of employment opportunities. The latter were originally conceived as free-standing towns which would require large-scale investment. In fact, the new towns did not become The social challenge 23 entirely free-standing, with residents travelling out of the area to work and others from outside travelling in for the same purpose, but the commitment to the concept was sufficient to ensure a level of investment and subsequent quality of life which was denied to the residents of the peripheral estates.

The existence of a housing finance system is of course crucial for the development of the housing market, but the nature of this may vary from country to country in the developed world and it may be non-existent in developing countries. Finance systems may fund the construction and/or purchase of housing. In Britain these two functions have traditionally been separate, with private banks providing the The social challenge 29 main funds for construction and building societies financing the purchase of housing by potential owners.

13 There are limits to local government expenditures in these fields. Central government controls the amount of borrowing that local authorities are allowed and, although innovative financial mechanisms have been devised by councils, the financial demands of these projects are in conflict with the capital needs of basic services such as education and housing. Stark choices have to be made. Should an authority fund prestige projects if it means diverting funds from the repair and refurbishment of school buildings and housing?

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