Spontaneous Transformation as an Integral Phenomenon of Inhabitation

  • Tareef Hayat KhanEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)


This chapter is a literature review on the phenomenon of Spontaneous Transformation, which is defined as any alteration, addition, extensions, or modification of a house. Spontaneous Transformation has been identified as an integral part of inhabitation. However, in large scale housing, users, even if they are owners, do not have much authority to transform. In the context of self-built houses, especially in the developing countries, studies show that there is abundance of transformation incidents. With the owners being the actors behind them, this chapter tried to relate this phenomenon of spontaneous transformation with human behavior.


Spontaneous transformation Human behavior Self-built housing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchitectureUniversiti Teknologi MalaysiaSkudaiMalaysia

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