CfP, CONF Sustainable Housing for the Urban Poor. Abuja, Nigeria. 20.-21.7.2013. Deadline: 17.8.2012.


International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism
Sheraton Abuja Hotel
Abuja, Nigeria
July 20th-21st, 2013

Deadline: 17 August, 2012

There is tremendous pressure put on formal housing for the poor in cities, most especially in developing countries. This is mainly due to the great influx of people from rural areas in search of jobs and basic services such as schools, hospitals etc. In order to solve this mounting problem there needs to be an increase in discussions and proposals about linking sustainable architecture and construction with urban housing. Sustainable architecture and construction should transcend environmental design and embrace economic and social measures which will add value to quality of life of individuals and communities. The developed world has been able to drive the architectural and construction industries towards reducing global concerns with a range of policy initiatives and instruments. It is time for the developing world to join in the fight for the management of climate change.

The conference will bring together academics, architectural, building and policy professionals, state and local government officials and financial institutions working together to seek new housing models that will be affordable, healthy and inclusive as well as respectful of the environment and local cultures.

Sustainable Housing for the Urban Poor


  • Sustainable Construction Systems
  • Case Studies of Sustainable Urban Housing Developments
  • Innovative Techniques/Systems using Local or Traditional materials
  • Housing and Urban Regeneration Projects including Renovation


  • Case Studies of Sustainable Urban Planning
  • Sustainable Housing Finance Systems
  • Evolved Workable Models of Housing Finance based on socio-cultural backgrounds.
  • Industry – Continuity of Sustainable Building Crafts and Technologies

The construction industry accounts for one-sixth of global fresh water consumption, one-quarter of global wood consumption and two-fifths of global material and energy flows, and almost one-quarter of ozone depleting gases come from air-conditioning units in buildings.

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  • Proven sustainable methods of housing for the urban poor
  • New Innovations in Building with traditional materials
  • Implementation of Policies relevant to Sustainable Housing Development in Nigeria
  • Sustainable Urban Housing Prototypes
  • Secured Public-Private Partnerships in the Housing Sector


  1. Ruqayya B. Tofa, INTBAU Nigeria, Development Manager, Nigeria.
  2. Arc. Maji Liberty, Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Dev., Nigeria.
  3. Jite Brume, Director, Mappamundi Design, London.
  4. Aliyu Barau, School of Built Environment, Universiti Teknolgi Malaysia, Johor


  1. Dr Marcel Vellinga, International Vernacular Architecture, Oxford Brookes, England.
  2. Dr. Matthew Hardy, The Prince’s Foundation, England.
  3. Prof. William Bernabas Qurix, Vice Chancellor Kaduna State University, Nigeria.
  4. Mr Audun Engh, INTBAU Scandinavia, Member of Council for European Urbanism.
  5. Arc. Otitoola, Publications – Nigerian Institute of Architects, Nigeria.
  6. Arc. Mas’ud Abdulkarim, HOD Department of Architecture, ABU Zaria, Nigeria.
  7. Mr Steve Mouzon, Author, The Original Green, Miami, Florida, USA.
  8. Dr Paul Jaquin, Treasurer ICOMOS International Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage, England & Director Earth Building UK.
  9. Mr Oliver Braide, Nigerian Institute of Architects, Nigeria
  10. Mrs Cordelia Osasona, HOD, Dept. of Architecture, University of Ile Ife, Nigeria

Matthew Hardy
Department of Architecture and Urbanism
The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment