Developing nations are unique. They have some of the fastest urbanizing rates in the world. They are also characterized by high levels of poverty, unstable political situations, high levels of illiteracy, low levels of technological development, high mortality rates and high unemployment rates. These characteristics strongly define and affect the nature of the built environment in these countries. They cannot be ignored. The peculiar contexts of developing nations have to be taken into consideration in defining solutions to the problems of the built environment and that is why this conference is being organized. The conference will address the issue of “responsiveness” of the built environment, focusing on:
(i) Understanding and describing the peculiar nature of the built environment in developing nations
(ii) Analyzing the issues that are peculiar to the built environment in developing nations and
(iii) Suggesting responsive strategies, practices and policies.