Built Environment in Response to the Ecology, Design, and Perception of the Global South

  • Mainak GhoshEmail author
Part of the Springer Geography book series (SPRINGERGEOGR)


The need is highlighted never than before, that the urbanization and proliferation of built environment of the Global South require “new theoretic approaches” and in-depth analysis based on case studies, evidences, and scenarios since the causes of urbanization and its outcomes are significantly different from those in Global North. Hence it is evident today the Global South indicator is not based on geographical parameters but relies on various other considerations related to urbanization, development, and built environment. This particular chapter compiles some of such individual studies of the Global South which are very specific; however when looked into the analytical sublimity of these cases, its specificity gives way to the generic characteristics of these cases, merging with the common issues of the urbanized built environment and culture of the Global South. Hence, seemingly the built environment is to deal with buildings, urban regime, and human settlements; however a deeper introspection here extends its significance into much larger areas and forms. Thus when the design of the built is considered holistically against perception of the built and its environment, it gets truly understood. This chapter gives an overview to this understanding, which is discussed and elaborated substantially in the next chapters. The aim is to propound that it is very crucial to know that every component of the built environment is defined and shaped by context and each and every element impacts either positively or negatively to the overall quality of environments for built and natural and to human-environment relationships. Added with political and social complications, the urbanization of the Global South has been steadily and sporadically increasing with degradation of quality of urban environment and living. The skewed design of the built environment for these urbanized worlds, the conflicting perception of different stakeholders towards it, and the degraded ecology of the development remain ubiquitous throughout these countries or rather regions; hence a summarized view is presented in this chapter for a comprehensive understanding of the overall compilation of the book.


Global South Developing country Sustainability Ecology Design Perception 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchitectureJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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