| Catalogue of training and information tools on community participation in human settlements |
PRODUCED BY: GERMAN APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY EXCHANGE (GATE), 1980.
AVAILABLE FROM: GERMAN APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY EXCHANGE, GTZ-GmbH, POSTFACH 5180, D 6236 ESCHBORN 1, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY.
NUMBER OF PAGES: 152
This manual, which is designed for people working in selfhelp projects, describes building techniques and methods which were used in different parts of the world before modern industrial methods became available. It differs from other technical manuals, therefore, in that it contains methods which are neglected by modern expertise. These techniques have been reviewed by experts and adapted to modern needs to improve local construction methods without trying to change them.
The manual is applicable not only for constructing houses by self-builders (working either individually or in groups with locally obtainable material and their own techniques) but also for improving parts of simple houses already constructed. The manual is not region-specific; instead, it offers a selection of solutions to different problems, so that users can adapt them to their own needs.
The information is designed to assist people building houses with the help of a foreman who has the necessary skills to follow the details of the manual. The individual drawings are to guide him as the instructor of the group, while the technical illustrations and tables are for his own information. Illustrations in preference to written explanations are used, so that the instructions are as clear as possible.
The drawings can be ordered without the text, either the same size or enlarged four times, to allow for the insertion of written text in the local language, and, in this way, the drawings can be used as a teaching aid for a training workshop.