ERIC Number: ED207898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Global Housing Prospects: The Resource Constraints. Worldwatch Paper 46.
This paper examines worldwide housing problems. The rising prices of materials, energy, and land ensure that buying, building, and maintaining even the most elementary shelter today costs several times what it did a decade ago. People in industrial countries must spend an even larger share of their income if they want to buy a home. Those who cannot afford to buy a house are finding a scarcity of rental units. There is mounting despair about shelter conditions in the Third World, as it becomes apparent that most people will never live in homes that reach the standard now found in industrial countries. A number of specific topics are examined. First, the difference between housing needs and housing demand is discussed. The need for housing is primarily a function of population growth. Housing demand is the result of the impact of both population growth and economic variables. The changing housing stock (new units flowing in vs. old units flowing out) is then examined. Resources--type of land house stands on and materials, labor, financing, and energy that go into building a house--are the third topic treated. The fourth topic dealt with is the role land plays in the housing market. Other topics examined are old and new building materials, energy, financing, the home of the future, and housing policies in an era of limits. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Economic Factors, Energy, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Housing, Housing Deficiencies, Housing Needs, Land Use, Resources, World Problems
Worldwatch Institute, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($2.00, quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Fund for Population Activities, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Worldwatch Inst., Washington, DC.