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Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle EastCase Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey$
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Myriam Ababsa, Baudouin Dupret, and Eric Dennis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165405

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.001.0001

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Vertical Versus Horizontal: Constraints of Modern Living Conditions in Informal Settlements and the Reality of Construction

Vertical Versus Horizontal: Constraints of Modern Living Conditions in Informal Settlements and the Reality of Construction

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(p.111) 5 Vertical Versus Horizontal: Constraints of Modern Living Conditions in Informal Settlements and the Reality of Construction
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Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East
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Franziska Laue

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0006

This chapter is based on fieldwork carried out in Jeramana, a village that was once in the Ghouta and now forms part of Greater Damascus. It studies the architectural development of two streets located on agricultural land. Middle-class households have no choice but to build their own homes, using the flexibility of concrete blocks, cement, and reinforced concrete pillars for adapting housing to income and family size. The author thus shows that construction techniques allow for the use of better materials as incomes rise.

Keywords:   Self-building, construction techniques, Damascus

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