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Manual de autoconstruccion

AUTHOR: JAIME NISNOVICH

PUBLISHED BY: CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS URBANOS Y REGIONALES (CEUR), BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, 1986.

AVAILABLE FROM: CLUB DE HORNERO, CORRIENTES 2835, CUERPO A-6 P.A. BUENOS AIRES, 1193 ARGENTINA.

LANGUAGE: SPANISH

COST:

NUMBER OF PAGES 72

The manual uses a comic-strip cartoon format to present discussions on the social aspects of building housing and a detailed step-by-step guide to building by self-help. Divided into seven short chapters, the manual gives instructions and recommendations on all aspects of construction, use of materials, mixing of cement, use of different building tools, and avoidance of accidents on site.

The manual was designed for the Club de Horneo, a community organization of self-builders in Argentina, to provide information for its members and to offer help to community groups seeking advice on self-build methods. The manual is targeted, therefore, at community groups and it could be used by the community itself to implement a building programme; alternatively, the manual would be a useful tool for housing officers who are training communities in building skills for self-help projects.


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