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We will be very interested to know any experience of self help housing for indigenous around the world. We are running a research for indigenous Australians.
Hi! I might have done a bit of work in that area. What exactly are you looking for?
We are doing at the moment a research about self help housing of Indigenous Australians. There is a low
information of it, basically there are informal experiences any thing formal, which is very interesting, the resilience of the communities to life on their land. Also, we haven't found any indigenous experience around the world. We will like to compere apples with apples. Although indigenous communities may be a low income families, their social organizacion, the aculturazation process with western culture, their view of private property, Their community land, their desicion making, their traditionals techniques, their special realcion with the government are unique. We will love to know more about your experience.
Hi there, I have been coming in and out of one particular aboriginal community on and off for 20 years, the evolution of shelter within that community has always fascinated me !
Hence this sounds like an extremely interesting piece of research.
Starting though with Australian Aboriginal communities supplies a range of interesting challenges... i.e starting with a culture where housing is not a norm, and therefore there is little tradition of vernacular architecture to draw down upon, add to that severity of climate and remoteness of area and access issues, along with aid dependency etc, a fascinating background for self help housing
Some of the rammed earth housing work in West Australia may provide guidance
Also an Anthropologist friend from New Zealand Graeme McCrae, who worked on housing in Willowra in
.the 70's may also have some valuable comments
I'm wondering what you found out? I am interested in self help strategies for Shelter in Pakistan and would love to know what you discovered?
I would like to know more about your experiences on temporary shelters residents' improvements on their environment, and how it affected to their quality of life, positively or even negative effects probably can be observed.
I am researching about this issue in temporary shelters in the earthquake and tsunami affected area in Tohoku, Japan, I could observe the community dynamics in the temporary settlements last year while I was on my internship for Habitat for Humanity Japan.
I know that it is different for each area, but in case of Japan, the government is involved on provide assistance to these settlements, but of course there are specific needs that can not be provided by them, and the residents have to try to fulfill this by themselves.
Also another issue is that a huge number or residents are aged people, and there is a tendency to be isolated and eventually death by illness or suicide.
Then, also about the soft shelters or transitional shelters look not to be the appropriate approach, since the safe land is limited and most of the temporary shelters are built on public spaces (like parks or sports complexes), or schools, where there is no possibility to get the ownership of the land.
Thank you for your comments, they would be really helpful for me.