Urban Design
Architectural designs in 3rd world coutries
In an effort to build developmental structures, several buildings in the third world countries are hastily constructed,majority of them are storey buldings that over the years crumble, killing numerous people annually. There should be a way to device cheap, but steady constructions that save the tax payer's money but still safeguard the safety of the populations. The elussive factor is finding a way to create a cheap but stable buildings; I am not sure how, but anyone with ideas to assist in this endevour is welcome to share.
Jared Nyagol
Architectural designs in 3rd world coutries
UlaanBaatar, the capital of Mongolia, is completely surrounded by Yurts or, as they are called there, Ger. Yurts are very stable and inexpensive to build and can cost from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on material choices. Generally, tension structures like Ger function independently of terrain and so are least affected by earth quakes etc... Geodesic domes are also stable tension structures with low material investment ( $ ) possibilities. Mud brick buildings, of which you speak, are notorious for collapsing in earth quakes and floods etc... UlaanBaatar can be viewed with Google Earth. Housing Dwellings and Shelters is an excellent resource for Yurt construction information.
Allen Patten
Architectural designs in 3rd world coutries

1) We must lose the concept of 'third world' countries in architecture: There is only one globe and we are all on it.

2) The issue of 'third world architecture' is in fact conditioned by considerations of 'colonialism,' and 'post-colonialism.'

3) Given the efficacy of technological advance in construction, design and use, all ideas of using architecture (particularly within public spaces) as a tool to re-inforce colonial structurres or attitudes are unacceptable everywhere.

4) The imposition of any 'international style' which is not inclusive of, nor sensitive to 'indigenous' cultural values must be eshewed as merely anotherr form of cultural imperialism in opposition to the liberal democratic global framework.

What does this mean? Simply put, access to advances in communication and educational studies must be made of paramount importance at all times, in every nation. The modern language of architecture must no longer be the instrument of colonialism in any way, shape or form on the planet but must be solely communicative of the positive cultural, moral contributions of all our diverse global societies.

Jared seeks to define an 'elusive factor' restraining construction of sustainable communities: The answer is in access to and acceptance of viable technologic advances in building technology freee of any ideological baggage. This is easily demonstrated by identifying the priorities expressed in the design work, how they relate to the natural population which will utilize them, the inclusive nature of cultural esthetics in design and the ease of maintenance and ustainability within the community of use.

In short, make all of the above political priorities in your respective nations and architecture will advance!

ma salemah!
Anthony Stewart
Architectural designs in 3rd world coutries
Developing countries' architecture is often fundamentally more experimental; in regard to Ulaanbaatar , see more on Ger district urbanism at
Gregory Cowan


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