Assignment 2 – Planning Typologies and Housing (further information will be provided in the class)
Maximum 2500 words (excluding tables, illustrations, bibliography)
Search the literature on planning in developing countries focussing on population growth, strategic and statutory
urban planning, housing systems, land delivery and methods of provision of infrastructure and services.
Choose a city from a developing country which has substantial informal housing. Choose a city on which there
are sufficient material available. Depending on the city you choose some of the eReaders available on the
course homepage may be useful.
Describe strategic and statutory urban planning model/style followed in the city. For example types and nature
of plans (strategy plans, stature plans, master plans etc. as they may be called)
Identify strategies and policies followed with respect to land acquisition, zoning, housing polices and housing
Discuss how plans are implemented and its success and failure on housing and infrastructure.
Critically analyse how informal housing come about and continue to persist and is a form of housing for
substantial proportion of urban dwellers.
How does informal settlements coexist with planned development and how planning strategies, land policies
deal with informal housing?
Describe attempts, if any, towards improvement of the quality and liveability of informal housing such as selfhelp
or sites and services and regularisation of housing.
Discuss why informal housing persists in developing countries and what can be done about it.
Assessment is based on the quality of the grasp of the issue, reading, research, clarity of ideas and
expression,logical arguments and ability to comprehend issues in different socioeconomic settings. Assessment
details areas below.
1. Evidence of research (40%)
2. Synthesis of information (10%)
3. Critical analysis of texts (20%)
4. Development of arguments (20%)
5. Grammar, expression, referencing (10%)
Essay should be organised under suitable headings and subheadings. Minimum of 1.5 line spacing should be
used. On the first page number of words should be stated. Word count should exclude words in table, graphics,
table of contents, and bibliographic references.
References from unverified sources like Wikipedia MUST be avoided. Harvard referencing system should be
used. Essay should have a cover page available on the course homepage.
Harvard referencing style must be used.
Feedback on this assessment will be provided on the Feedback form, a copy of which is available on the course