Healthy Homes in Tropical Zones: Improving Rural Housing in Asia and Africa

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Edition Axel Menges, 2014 - Architect-designed houses - 299 pages
Early nomadic shelters, including caves, animal skin tents, and igloos, were used for protection against the wind, rain, snow, sun- light, and other forces of nature. These basic homes also provided defence against pr edators and wer e used to stor e a few impor - tant possessions. They wer e temporar y, and pr oximity to a water sour ce was of prime impor tance. Health and comfort were not yet under consideration. As civili- zation evolved, housing became mor e per manent, with incr easing attention to well-being. The housing and utilities available in rich countries are vastly different from those in poorer settings. Unlike in industrialised countries where piped-in water, indoor toilets, and sewage systems are the norm, in the developing world these facili- ties are often not available. Waterborne enteric diseases, prevent- able by the supply of safe water, hand washing, and appropriate sanitation, continue to be a major disease bur den in poor coun- tries. V ector-borne diseases that can be controlled by screening and other bar rier methods also remain an important health pro- blem. Safe, comfor table, and healthy homes are an essential re- quisite for healthy living around the world, irrespective of culture or socio-economic status.

About the author (2014)

Jakob Knudsen practices architecture as head of Ingvartsen Architects in Copenhagen. He is also associate professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. A recurrent theme in his works is sustainability and climatic design.

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