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Building and urban planning in Zimbabwe with special reference to Harare: Putting needs, costs and sustainability in focus

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dc.contributor.author Chirisa, Innocent
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-23T21:23:48Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-23T21:23:48Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Chirisa, I. (2014). Building and urban planning in Zimbabwe: Putting needs, costs and sustainability in focus. Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, 2 (1), 1-26. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1948-3074
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10646/2968
dc.description.abstract This article examines construction and its relationship with urban planning in Zimbabwe. Urban planning has been blamed for making the building process cumbersome, thereby raising transaction costs. Such transaction costs include planning and associated bureaucratic processes, which are often underestimated by construction investors. Although planning is critical for the sustainability of buildings in Zimbabwe, it still relies heavily on outdated building standards set by the British. The social, economic, and physical environment in which construction takes place has greatly changed. Issues concerning costs, investments, building materials, planning laws, and climate change play a key role in shaping urban environments. They are thus examined in the context of sustainable construction, a field of science that addresses relevant societal needs and issues of technology. This article is a theoretical and empirical review of the present needs and costs characterizing the construction industry. It examines both micro and macro-scale building processes and issues raised by different players in the industry. Can sustainability be achieved with the current mantra of building operations, guided by the present planning diktats and procedures? en_US
dc.language.iso en_ZW en_US
dc.publisher Columbia University en_US
dc.subject Town planning en_US
dc.subject Standards en_US
dc.subject Transaction costs en_US
dc.subject Urban policy en_US
dc.subject Eonomic meltdown en_US
dc.subject Sustainability en_US
dc.title Building and urban planning in Zimbabwe with special reference to Harare: Putting needs, costs and sustainability in focus en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.contributor.authoremail chirisa.innocent@gmail.com en_US


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