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Locus Amoenus (A Pleasant Place) - Towards a New Sustainable Housing / Social and Spatial Aspects: The Case of Post-Conflict Zones: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies. (Urban Planning and Design)
1997 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis work deals with a conceptual framework of social and spatial aspects of housing in general. Although the broad ideas presented here can have a wider, ‘all-around’ application, the thesis examines the specific case of two post-conflict zones - Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The study of the role ‘sustainable human settlements’ can play in the reconstruction of post-conflict zones, has not been introduced so far in modern research. The special emphasis in this work  is put on the new/revived sustainable neighborhoods and urban villages as the ‘foci’ for the attainment and realization of ‘sustainable communities’. These ‘communities’ can present an ideal setting, where whole ethnic groups can congregate to stabilize their socio-economic and housing situation. . The discourse shows that it is possible, even after a tragic situation brought about by savage war destruction,  to achieve and create a feeling of home, a sense of belonging, an enjoyable and pleasant dwelling, a territorial definition and a self-sustaining community. The thesis argues that the societal changes required by the concepts of sustainability are so great that stable social groups resist the impetus of change. In contrast, societies that are under the stress of instability resulting from conflict are potentially more receptive to initiatives that introduce sustainable development practices. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia present such a case.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1997. , 197 p.
Trita-ARK, 1997:14
Keyword [en]
Sustainability, Housing, Social Behaviour, Conflict, Settlements
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Architecture Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Humanities Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-42335ISRN: KTH/ARK/FR-97:14-SEOAI: diva2:446769
Subject / course
Built Environment Analysis
Educational program
School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE) - Master of Science in Engineering
1997-08-15, Built Environment Analysis A2, Östermalmsgatan 26, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
(Library of Congress Card Catalog Number: LCCN:99-159739)Available from: 2011-10-14 Created: 2011-10-09 Last updated: 2011-10-14Bibliographically approved

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