Sustainable management of affordable housing

Simon Huston, Richard Baines

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As human populations continue to expand and migrate to cities, shortages of appropriate affordable dwellings remain a central challenge. After reviewing the backdrop, conundrums and approaches, the chapter outlines a Sustainable Management for Affordable Housing (‘SMAH’) framework and investigates developing and developed country contexts. Definitions of affordable housing vary but it must be both cheap and meet minimum standards for human dignity and flourishing. Philosophically, the extent of and mechanism for government intervention to influence markets is contested but, for housing supply, it spans political economy, planning policy and collaborative local schemes, supported by a comprehensive Land Administrative System. However, in emerging cities housing and food security are intricately linked. In developed nations, with relatively sophisticated logistics, contested politics and lack of investment constrain affordable housing delivery. Nowadays, technology is central but no system can ever resolve the inherent tensions between informed excellence, commercial gain and environmental protection. Rather than a final blueprint, the SMAH sparks continuous dialogue, multi-criteria reflection and policy learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreening Affordable Housing An Interactive Approach
EditorsAbdullateef Olanrewaju, Zalina Shari, Zhonghua Gou
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781315103556
ISBN (Print)9781351595421
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2018


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