Housing Policy in Latin American Cities: A New Generation of Strategies and Approaches for 2016 UN-HABITAT III

Housing Policy in Latin American Cities: A New Generation of Strategies and Approaches for 2016 UN-HABITAT III

By: Peter M. Ward (author), Edith R. Jimenez Huerta (author), Maria Mercedes Di Virgilio (author)Paperback

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After the 1960s, rapid urbanization in developing regions in Latin America, Africa, and Asia was marked by the expansion of low-income "irregular" settlements that developed informally and which, by the 2000s, often constituted between 20-60 percent of the built-up area of metropolitan areas and other large cities. There has been a variety of research directed at the housing policies involved with these informal settlements, yet apart from the activities of Latin American Housing Network (LAHN), there has been minimal attention directed at the earliest portion of settlements that formed some 25-40 years ago that now form a large part of the intermediate ring of the cities. This volume breaks new ground by opening up a new generation of housing policy in Latin America cities with broader application for other developing countries. Its editors bring unique perspectives: Peter Ward coordinates the LAHN, and Edith Jimenez and Maria Di Virgilio are founding members of the network who have led project teams in Guadalajara and Buenos Aires respectively. Developed as a coordinated collaborative research project, the volume encompasses nine Latin American countries and eleven cities. The editors and contributors offer original perspectives on the policy challenges facing much of the low income housing of Latin American cities; document the changing nature of the "first suburbs"; present comparative survey findings in order to better understand the types of consolidated settlements that exist today; describe the physical nature of the dwellings themselves; identify the reasons behind market dysfunction that impede the operation of consolidated housing informal markets in Latin American cities; and outline a new generation of housing policies that will support the processes of densification, rehabilitation, and regeneration of these settlements. This book is the first and only composite overview of the research findings and advocacy of the generic policy lines that the LAHN identifies as central to a new generation of housing strategies and approaches. Researchers and practitioners working on housing theory, housing policy, comparative spatial and sociological research, and urban development issues will find the book highly significant.

About Author

Peter M. Ward holds the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations, and is professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Texas-Austin. He was formerly director of the Mexican Center at LLILAS, and served as Executive Editor of the Latin American Research Review between 2002-07. He is author or co-author of 17 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters on low income housing, land markets, social policy, democratization and governance, Mexican politics and megacities (most notably Mexico City). He is the coordinator of the multi-city Latin American Housing Research Network. Edith R. Jimenez Huerta is Professor at the Center of Economic and Administrative Sciences at University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Maria Mercedes Di Virgilio is Professor of Sociology at University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.


1. Latin America's "Innerburbs": Towards a New Generation of Housing Policies for Low-Income Consolidated Self-help Settlements; Peter M. Ward. 2. A Spectrum of Policies for Housing Rehab and Community Regeneration in the "Innerburbs"; Peter M. Ward. 3. Opportunities and Challenges for Consolidated Informal Urbanization in the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara; Edith R. Jimenez Huerta and Heriberto Cruz Solis. 4. The Challenge for Housing Rehab in Mexico City and Monterrey; Peter M. Ward. 5. The Challenges of Consolidation in Precarious Settlements of Caribbean Cities: Santo Dominto, Dominican Republic; Erika Denisse Grajeda. 6. The Consolidation of the City and Low-income settlements in Guatemala City; Bryan Roberts. 7. New Approaches to Intervention in the Informally Settled Areas of Bogota; Angelica Camargo Sierra. 8. Rehab, "Los Aires" and Densification of Consolidated Settlements in Lima, Peru; Danielle M. Rojas and Peter M. Ward, In collaboration with Olga Peek and Martha Lazarte Salinas. 9. Unique, or Just Different? Self-help, Social Housing and Rehab in Santiago, Chile; Peter M. Ward, In collaboration with Carolina Flores and Francisco Sabatini.10. Residential Trajectories of the Older Irregular Settlements in the City of Montevideo; Magdalena Marsiglia and Maria Jose Doyenart. 11. Transformations in the Originally Informal Consolidated Urban Areas of Metropolitan Buenos Aires; Maria Mercedes Di Virgilio, Maria Soledad Arqueros Mejica, and Tomas Guevara. 12. Rental Markets and Housing Policies in Consolidated Informal Settlements; Edith R. Jimenez Huerta and Angelica Camargo Sierra. 13. Urban Regeneration and Housing Rehabilitation in Latin America's Innerburbs; Peter M. Ward, Edith R. Jimenez Huerta and Maria Mercedes Di Virgilio

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  • ISBN13: 9781138776869
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9781138776869
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 1138776866

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