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Open building in developing countries : focus on flexible buildings or a flexible financing system?

By H Herman Tempelmans Plat


The system of open building generates advantages in design and new construction as well as during the decades of use: prefabrication, flexibility and influence of users. At least the advantages of flexibility may be marginal in developing countries with a low income and a growing population. Flexible buildings only may have some advantages in stable situations. Groups of components with different usable lifes give rise to separated cost calculations. Groups of components with a long life give more security to the bank and more possibilities for the government to subsidize. Components with a short life will be part of the infill and compete with other spendings of the user. These components should not be subsidized, but may be fixed as soon as the user has the money available

Publisher: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Year: 1994
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