The department was created in 1999 in order to strengthen research and
education within the field of housing and development at Lund University.
All of HDMs staff have long experience in this area and were previously
active at Lund Centre for Habitat Studies (LCHS).
HDM undertakes research and training in housing from an international
perspective: Planning, design, creation, use and management, and the
connection between a home and its surroundings from neighbourhood to
city level. The goal is to increase our knowledge of how to improve
the processes leading to good housing and sustainable development, especially
for the poor. The research at the department is mainly focused on Africa
and South America.
In the early 2000s Prof Subrata
from Indian Institute
of Technology at Kharagpur, India, however was assigned
to the department as guest lecturer.
Research at the Dept. of Housing Development and Management
is devoted to the following areas:
Housing policies, strategies for low-income housing and methods
for organized self-help housing.
Architectural design and quality
from a users perspective.
Design of buildings appropriate
to the local climate, comfort and energy use.
management of large scale housing areas, particularly the privatisation
process and its consequences.
Building technology: environmentally
appropriate and cost efficient materials.
Evaluation of the design
and building process.
Johansson is engaged in research on urban climate and outdoor
comfort. He defended his doctoral dissertation titled ”Design
and Outdoor thermal Comfort in Warm Climates. Studies in Fez and Colombo”
on Friday 15 September 2006. Faculty opponent was Prof. Koen Steemers,
Director of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University
of Cambridge, UK. Go for the full-text version of the thesis.
The project was funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, and dealt with the
influence of urban design on microclimate and thermal comfort
based on field studies in two cities – Fez in Morocco and Colombo
in Sri Lanka – which represent two climate types that are common
in developing countries: warm-dry (Fez) and warm-humid (Colombo). The
main objective of the research was to deepen the knowledge on how urban
climate and thermal comfort vary within the studied cities in relation
to urban design. In Sri Lanka Johansson has worked in cooperation with
the University of Moratuwa.
In Sri Lanka, Rohinton Emmanuel from the Dept. of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, organized the field work. His knowledge and experience in the field of urban climate in the tropics provided invaluable input to Erik’s work.
Prof. Christer Bengs at the Dept. of Urban and Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala was also to some extent involved in the project. More information about Erik Johansson’s research.
Later, Dr. Johansson has been involved in a research project, funded by Sida/SAREC, together with Prof. Christer Bengs on “Climate-conscious Design of Low-income Housing Areas in Guayaquil, Ecuador”, and then in November 2009, Prof. Bengs and Dr Johansson were awarded SEK 1.95 m as a three-years research grant (2010–12) from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, for a new comparative research project entitled ”Informal settlement planning – land use, climate and energy; the cases of Guayaquil, Dar es
Salaam and Pune”. More information about the 2009 Sida grants.
The project involves Maria Isabel Rasmussen (photo), Lecturer at the department.
The research project will first concentrate on Ecuador,whereas India will be covered in a later phase.
In India, the collaborative partners are at Pune University.
For many years, a postgraduate International training course on Conservation
and Management of Historic Buildings has been organised, as a collaboration project betweeen the Department of Housing
Development and Management and the Dept.
of Architectural Conservation and Restoration, Lund University.
The courses were initiated and are financed by the Swedish International
Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. Professionals working in Latin America
or Asia are participating. The first three-weeks period of the training
is carried out in Sweden, followed
by a continuation course in either Latin America or Asia.
information on the programme.
In the programme run in 2005/06, no less than nine
of the participants came from South Asian countries, two from Bhutan
(Karma Gelay and Karma
Tshering), two from Nepal (Ram
Govinda Shrestha and Rupa
Dongol), two from India (Unmesh
Kirtikar; and Ujjwala
S Khot), two from Sri Lanka (one of them Shanthini
Balasubramaniam from the University of Moratuwa), and one from Bangladesh
(Sazzad Hossain). Seven
of them appear on Lars Eklund’s photo above.
In the course run in 2004 five of the participants also
came from South Asia. They were Harsha
Munasinghe from the Dept. of Architecture, University of Moratuwa,
Sri Lanka; Sumedha Mathota from
the Mahavihara Project, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka; Farzana
Mir from Bangladesh; Yogeshwar Parajuli
from Nepal; and Reshma Shreshta Duwal, from
the Culture Heritage Duwal, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Sida funded postgraduate year-long
training courses on”Architecture,
Energy & Environment – Tools for Climatic design (AEE)”,
and shorter courses on ”Housing and Development and International
Construction Management (HDM)” were given from 1990 to 2002.
These courses are however not given since 2003. A number of the students at the course on Architecture,
Energy & Environment – Tools for Climatic design (AEE)
regularly came from South Asia, and wrote research papers then published
on the Internet.
The shorter courses on Housing and
Development and International Construction Management (HDM) also
has had a regular participation of students from South Asia, in the course
of 2002 the following:
As this course ran for the last time in 2002, all alumnis
(previous participants) from the Architecture & Development courses
(the former name for the course) between 1990 and 2001 and the Housing
and Development course in 2002, were invited to a follow-up seminar that
was held in Namalundu, Zambia, 12–17 October 2003.
For several years the department also offered an international Master
of Science degree programme on Urban Housing Management,
a shared initiativebetweenHDM, Lund University, and the
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies
(IHS) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. IHS still offersPost Graduate Diploma Courses and a Masters
programme with different specializations. More information.