Affordable Housing

Urbanisation is taking place in India at a rapid pace and at this rate urban population will overtake that of rural very soon. Affordable Housing is a problem that many countries are taking stock of, world over. In India, the problem is much more. Though the government has claimed that housing shortage in urban areas has fallen from 2011 projection of 18.76 million
to about 10 million units, ground reality doesn’t seem to have changed much in regard to the creation of more affordable housing stocks. One important thing which needs to be noted here is that by changing the goal post one cannot solve the problem at hand but will just be sweeping the dirt under the carpet.

In our Special Feature, we update you with not only the definitions of Affordable Housing in India and across the world but also the issues with the various definitions of Affordable Housing; the institutions and agencies responsible for formulating and implementing Affordable Housing policies in the state; the opportunities and challenges in Affordable Housing as well as a discussion on learnings from international experiences in this sector.

Sawdust Recommendations: Essential reading about affordable housing

Brinda Somaya – Works and Continuities

Buildings As Ideas: The Unbuilt Work of Charles Correa

Developing Affordable and Accessible Community-Based Housing for Vulnerable Adults

Pursuit of Affordable Housing

Right to housing

Homelessness is often a symptom and cause of poverty and social exclusion. Homelessness can also lead to other human rights violations, arising

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Masterplan Villa Industria, Hilversum, Mecanoo

With its characteristic industrial buildings, the former site of the Regional Energy Supply Company in Hilversum has always had its own identity. The gasworks

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City Point, Downtown Brooklyn ; COOKFOX

City Point is a proposed 1.8 million square foot, multi-phase, mixed-use development designed by New York-based practice COOKFOX for the center of the rapidly

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Bremer Punkt, Bremen, Germany;   Lin Architects Urbanists

Like many German cities, Bremen is confronted with an increasing housing shortage and a growing demand for affordable housing.In response to this, the largest Bremen Housing

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2.6-m lakh more affordable houses to be built

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of 2,67,546 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under

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Promote indigenous technology for affordable housing

Today, we are encountered with multiple challenges of depleting natural resources, shortage of work force in urban areas and global commitment of

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Ray of hope for these slumdwellers in Mumbai

A dream of owning their homes has just remained so even after three decades of waiting. This is the sad story of

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Zephyr, Pune; PMA Madhushala, Prasanna Morey

Pune is one of the fastest urbanizing cities in India due to rapid increase in population and migration of people from varied

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Stacked Student Housing, Belgaum; ThirdSpace Architecture Studio

The design for a small student housing project in the town of Belgaum, Karnataka India explores the section as a device to

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UDAAN, Mumbai; Sameep Padora And Associates

Escalating land prices in Mumbai are forcing families that serve the privileged classes (the domestic help, drivers, sweepers, peons etc) are the

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‘Affordable housing at affordable price’, Ar. Sushanth Mehta

2017 World Habitat day in India focused on the present policies that govern affordable housing in urban cities – like Delhi and

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16 technologies suitable for mass housing

The mammoth size of the program of providing houses to the homeless has forced the government to  look beyond conventional construction practices

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Arvind SmartSpaces launches new affordable housing project in Ahmedabad 

Arvind Smartspaces, part of the Arvind Group of companies, very recently announced the launch of the first phase of its new affordable project

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Affordable housing in miserable surroundings

When the new Chief Minister, Kumaraswamy, assumed office in Karnataka, one of the first announcements he made was to provide one lakh

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‘Affordable housing is the need of the hour’; Ar. Shashirekha

How to tackle housing crisis – an architect’s vision; Ar. Shashirekha, Chief Architect, Space Studio Chennai ‘Home is where the heart is’;

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Radical thinking on affordable housing needed

Urbanisation is taking place in India at a rapid pace and at this rate urban population will overtake that of rural very

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Things are looking up for roofing sheets manufacturers

Recent turn of events have made roofing industry, especially Asbestos cement sheets (ACS) makers happier, as they feel demand curve may move

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Every year India need to build a Chicago: Puri

According to Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri, India’s fast-rising rising urban population will reach 600 million by 2030 and the

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Best technology to be used for Housing Program

Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has clarified that the objective of the proposed Global Housing construction technology challenge was to use

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Real estate sector – recovery not yet on cards

According to some experts, for Indian real estate sector, especially residential segment,  recovery may not happen in the near future and the

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A more humane approach needed

India’s Smart City Vision which was started in June 2015 completed three years on June 25th and during last three years the

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NBCC to build 1 million affordable houses

NBCC, PSU construction company, sees an ocean of opportunity in affordable housing and plans to develop affordable housing projects on the surplus

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Carpet area eligibility revised for MIG

The government has raised the carpet area of houses eligible for subsidy under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) by 33 per cent

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India & 4 European nations to work on sustainable urban development

The Union Cabinet has approved agreement with four nations, Viz., France, Denmark, Netherlands and UK on technical cooperation in the field of

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Devendra Fadnavis okays SPA for MHADA

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, gave his stamp of approval for the proposal to make the state-run Maharashtra Housing Area

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“Follow your inner voice,” BV Doshi

“My journey has been rather unusual, unplanned and accidental,” Balkrishna Doshi started his lecture “Path Uncharted” by remembering his early days as

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Geopolymer-stabilised soil for affordable houses

University of Bath researchers are looking at geopolymerisation of natural soils to meet future building materials requirements. This involves adding alkaline chemicals

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Mhada becomes special planning authority

In another step to achieve maximum ease in doing business in Maharashtra, the state government has appointed another government agency, Maharashtra Housing

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Do tax breaks make houses unaffordable?, Harish Rao

‘The government which has a noble objective of providing houses for all by 2022 should not end up creating another housing bubble’,

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Optimal space planning, Preamble: Housing in Urban areas, Dr. Ramesh

Optimal space planning, Preamble: Housing in Urban areas, Dr. Ramesh, Archinova Designs Pvt. Ltd. Optimal space planning is the key word here.  Usage of

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Will sanitaryware market see price war?

Sanitaryware segment in ceramics sector is now being closely watched by the people in the building material sector. It is believed that

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Rental houses for construction workers

Construction workers in any major metros and other cities are migrated labourers for whom accommodation is one of the biggest problems. Odisha

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PCNTDA opts for Monolithic construction for its projects

Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority (PCNTDA), one of the development authorities of the Pune Metropolitan Region that is responsible for development

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MoHUA sanctions more urban affordable houses

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of 1,28,509 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under

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Martin Burn forms JV with IIT for affordable housing

Martin Burn has entered into a joint venture agreement with Institute of International Trade (IIT) for an affordable housing project. The project

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Cabinet approval for National Urban Housing Fund

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for creation of National Urban Housing Fund (NUHF) for Rs.60,000 crores.  This fund will be

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Maharashtra expects Rs 3.6 lakh cr investment

Maharashtra is expecting Rs 3.6 lakh cr investment in housing sector through its much hyped Magnetic Maharashtra investors meet program. Of this,

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Mahindra Lifespace launches 1st affordable housing project

Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd. (MLDL) has launched its first affordable housing project, “Happinest – Palghar” to be undertaken by a joint platform

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Prestige Estates and HDFC create Rs 2500 cr platform

Prestige Estates Projects (PEPL), a leading real estate player in the South India has entered into a strategic partnership with HDFC Capital

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India need to construct 12 million houses

According to HardeepPuri, Minister of State of Housing & Urban Affairs (I/C) the nation has the mammoth task of constructing about 12

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