The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Book-launch for 'Housing in Developing Cities Experience and Lessons' by Patrick Wakely

21 March 2018, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU 101, 34 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9EZ

Join us for the launch of Housing in Developing Cities  Experience and Lessons by former DPU Director Prof. Patrick Wakely.

Since the mid-twentieth century virtually all governments, socialist and liberal alike, have perceived the need to intervene in urban housing markets in support of low-income households who are denied access to established (private sector) housing markets by their lack of financial resources. ‘Housing in Developing Cities: Experience and Lessons’ examines the range of strategic policy alternatives that have been employed by state housing agencies to this end. They range from public sector entry into the urban housing market through the direct construction of (‘conventional’) ‘public housing’ to the administration of (‘non-conventional’) programmes of social, technical and legislative supports that enable the production, maintenance and management of socially acceptable housing that is affordable to low-income urban households and communities. It concludes with a brief review of the direction that public housing policies have been taking at the start of the 21st Century and reflects on  “where next”, making a distinction between ‘public housing’ and ‘social housing’ strategies and how they can be combined in a ‘partnership’ paradigm for the Twenty First Century.

The presentation will be followed by drinks and nibbles.

Prof. Patrick Wakely is Professor Emeritus of Urban Development in London University and former Director of the DPU (1989-2003).
An architect (AA Dipl, London), he has 40 years of experience of research, consultancy and teaching in housing, planning and urban development, on which he has worked in more than 20 developing countries.