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Manual de construcao moradias nas aldeias comunais.

PRODUCED BY: MINISTERIO DA AGRICULTURA, SECRETARIO DE ESTADO DO ALGODAO, MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE.

LANGUAGE: PORTUGESE

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NUMBER OF PAGES: 15

The manual was developed by the Ministry of Agriculture as part of a housing-improvement programme in rural Mozambique. It includes the design and measurements of four different types of traditional housing and lists the materials required. The housing types vary according to the availability of land, the needs of peasant families and available materials. The book gives details about possible extensions of the house and specifications on walls, foundations, floor finishes and roof structures. General aspects of good design, hygiene and use of materials are also covered.

The manual largely consists of good detailed architectural drawings on A-3 size paper which makes them very clear and usable as wall charts for group discussion. Nevertheless, their use would be restricted to community leaders and site foremen who have already a basic knowledge of building, for example, to explain in detail some of the technical aspects of construction and to introduce improvements in building practices in rural areas.