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Title:Are Self-Help Extensions the Way Forward in Multi-Storey Walk-Ups: Lessons from Helwan, Egypt
Authors:Wilkinson, Nicholas
Tipple, A. Graham
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly
Geographic term:Egypt
Development and Technology
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:Many Third World governments seem to be committed to building four and five storey walk-up flats to gain economies of scale and high densities. This paper raises the issue of whether, even in such accommodation, governments should begin to identify their initial building as a core house, to be altered and extended later through self-help by the occupants. Workers' City, Helwan, Egypt, has been transformed in the last few years by major incremental alteration and extension activity. A survey of the households occupying three blocks of five storey flats examined household socioeconomic characteristics and the current size and layout of once standard flats. It is suggested that the chief reason for alteration and extension has been to have three habitable rooms per household rather than to gain rooms for subletting. The quality and economy of the extensions, and the contributions they make to the housing conditions of residents, prompt the authors to offer advice on how to provide for such activity in existing blocks elsewhere and on how to plan for it in future buildings. Ref.