For many years, practitioners and students of housing and planning in the developing world have been using methods of analysis developed and written about in contexts other than their own. This book has been put together in the hope that it will help them to relate such methods to housing issues and to discover new methods which they could apply to their local circumstances.
Although each chapter concentrates on the method rather than the case study, no standard format has been imposed so the book cannot be looked upon as an instruction manual. However, it is hoped that enough description of the methods have been included to allow a reader to use them in their own context.
The inclusion of a chapter using a case study in the so-called Republic of Bophuthatswana, should not be taken to indicate any agreement with or acceptance of the apartheid system on the part of any of the contributors, the editors, or the publishers. It is hoped that the case study will assist an equal-opportunity post-apartheid society in South Africa.
The editors wish to thank their colleagues in the Centre for Architectural Research and Development Overseas at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne for their support, and the contributors for their willingness to participate and for their prompt attention to deadlines and modifications. Specific acknowledgements are included in the relevant chapters. Special thanks must go to our wives, Sue Tipple and Pat Willis, for their patience and support, especially as submission day drew near.
A. Graham Tipple
Kenneth G. Willis
Newcastle upon Tyne