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A slum, as defined by the United Nations, is a “run-down area of a city characterised by substandard housing and squalor and lacking in tenure security.” Over 1 billion people currently live in slums, with the number of slum dwellers only expected to grow in the coming decades. The vast majority of slums are locatedContinue reading “Slums”
All societies have an ecological basis. The term ecology denotes the web of physical and biological systems and processes of which humans are one element. The history human society can be vividly described as been characterized by continues interaction between man and his environment. It is interesting to note that this interaction between man andContinue reading “Society and Environment”
Manasara Vastushastra is an elaborate treatise on town planning in ancient India. It is written by a sage named Mansara. It is one of the 5 documents that exists now which deals with Vastu Sasthram. There are several chapters in this book on town planning and construction of buildings. Vastu Sastra has laid strong emphasisContinue reading “Town planning concepts in Manasara Vastu Sastra”
Rural Urban migration (Internal Migration) is defined as ‘a movement of people from one area of a country to another area of the same country for the purpose or with the effect of establishing a new residence’ either temporarily or permanently, is a complex and multidimensional process. The reason why people migrate from rural areasContinue reading “Rural Urban Migration”
The sparsely located small settlements are called rural settlements, specializing in agriculture or other primary activities. On the other hand, there are fewer but larger settlements which are termed as urban settlements specializing in secondary and tertiary activities. Primary jobs involve getting raw materials from the natural environment ie. Mining, farming and fishing. Secondary jobsContinue reading “Rural and Urban settlements”
A nucleated settlement is where the buildings are grouped together. A linear shape is where the settlement has developed along a line such as road networks, rail line etc. A dispersed settlement is where the buildings are spread apart or scattered. A planned settlement is a settlement that is deliberately planned such as residential estates.