Human dwelling takes place in a housing-settlement continuum; housing is both a product and process for creating an environment for living, livelihoods and socialization. From our intimate private realm, dwelling encompasses an unfolding hierarchy towards public and natural realms. Housing and Settlement stream frames human production, consumption and management—planning and design—theorization, explication, and materialization for dwelling, often in relation to non-humans. Courses in this stream offer scopes, on the one hand, to examine discrete housing issues like problems, policies and production for people-centered yet market-driven approaches for enriching our everyday lived lives. It reveals the contesting nature of housing: tradition-modernity, formal-informal dichotomy, rural-urban linkages, accessibility-affordability, density-crowding, privacy-urbanity, homeowners-homelessness etc. At a settlement level, on the other hand, it pursues broader agenda like sustainability, resiliency, gender and development as much as at the housing level. It provides an understanding of the formation, growth and development of both housing and settlement amidst decreasing per capita land during rapid and unplanned urbanization in countries like Bangladesh. This stream thus becomes inter-disciplinary, relational, and multi-scalar by referring to global, national and community contexts and concerns. Its holistic focus prepares socially-responsive, spatially-sensitive, and sustainability- and resiliency-aware critical researcher and practitioner.
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