Low-Cost Flat Housing Design Scheme

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TERM PAPER

ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES

LE 4000

LOW-COST FLAT HOUSING DESIGN SCHEME

BY:

AHMAD HANIEF B. SHAMSUDIN

0535017

KULLIYYAH OF ARCHITECTURE & ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (KAED)

MDM ROSNANI KASSIM

SECTION 23

INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA (IIUM)

24 MARCH 2009

RUNNING HEAD: LOW-COST FLAT HOUSING DESIGN SCHEME

Low-Cost Flat Housing Design Scheme

Ahmad Hanief Shamsudin

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

Abstract

The low-cost housing has become a significant issue in our country nowadays. Regardless of hundreds of thousands houses, flats and apartments which have been built over the years, the amount of housing provided especially in the form of flat houses do not meet the demands and needs of housing for the low income groups which end up with housing dissatisfaction. Thus, this term paper is going to prove that typical low-cost flat housing design scheme in our country nowadays is irrelevant due to the number of factors. The research was conducted through library research method by using books, magazines, journals and internet articles. Primarily, the research has found out that the low-cost flat housing design is irrelevant due to the poor quality in design and construction. Besides, the design also irrelevant as it has set down the importance of comfort level for the inhabitants. Furthermore, it does not provide better environment to enhance communal interaction and integration between neighborhoods. All in all, this paper asserts that the design scheme for low cost flat housing needs to be reviewed in order to cater the housing needs of the low income bracket in our country nowadays.

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Abstract……………………………………………………………………………………………2

1. Introduction………………………………………………………………………...……...4 2. Arguments
1. To provide quality housing………………………………………………………..6 2. To enhance comfort level………………………………………………………….8 3. Counter Argument: To nurture community spirit………...……………………………...11 4. Conclusion………………………...……………………………………………………..13 References…………………………..……………………………………………………………14

1. Introduction
Rapid urbanization has caused a tremendous impact on urban areas in Malaysia in terms of population growth, housing needs, sustainable environment and employment opportunities. Low-income groups, especially those who lack the needed resources to cope with rapidly changing conditions have particularly felt these effects. In order to provide affordable and decent shelter for the low income groups and to cater the increasing demand of housing in our country, the Malaysian government has introduced low-cost flat housing category to cater the demands of affordable housing.

If we look back on the history, the need for formal housing programs in Malaysia was recognized as far back as 1964 during the colonial administration. The colonial government appointed a committee to study the nature and extent of housing problems and to provide recommendations to overcome housing shortages. One of the recommendations was the establishment of the Housing Trust in 1950. The study group also recommended the separation of the state land at nominal prices, waivers of land premiums and provision of low-interest end-financing. In absence of suitable state land, the government empowered the Housing Trust to buy private land to develop low-cost housing. With these guidelines, the Housing Trust became fully operational in 1952, marking the beginning of direct intervention by public authorities in the construction of low-cost housing in the country (Ahmad Zakki Yahya, 1997).

Continuing this policy, the government has introduced the Public Low Cost Housing Program focusing on multi-storey housing typologies. It is because most of the developers of low-cost houses would prefer high density development to achieve economies...
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