Living with Transformation

Self-Built Housing in the City of Dhaka

  • Tareef Hayat Khan

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Tareef Hayat Khan
    Pages 1-19
  3. Tareef Hayat Khan
    Pages 35-52
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 87-93

About this book


This book describes and analyzes the phenomenon of spontaneous transformation in self-built houses in the context of developing countries. After describing briefly the history of self-built houses and the phenomenon of transformation around the world, it focuses on its context, the city of Dhaka. Firstly it describes the physical patterns of spontaneous transformation. Then it explains the explicit reasons behind those transformations. Finally, it carefully unveils the implicit values that are hidden behind those explicit reasons. The entire book is an ethnographic journey, which not only expresses unique stories of living with transformation, but also captivates the reader throughout with its compelling way of qualitative judgment.


Building Regulations Dhaka City Ethnography Habitual Practice Self-built Houses Spontaneous Transformation

Authors and affiliations

  • Tareef Hayat Khan
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of ArchitectureUniversiti Teknologi MalaysiaSkudaiMalaysia

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