(April 2012) High density for housing informalities and environmental effects in developing cities
Housing activities may create immediate as well as long term direct and indirect influences on environment. Some informalities of housing system increases density, and thus create widespread effects on environment in the cities of developing countries. This paper is an interim outcome of the study that is targeting to determine the issues and contexts of informalities in housing due to lack of urban planning implication and violation of building construction rules in the high density cities of developing countries, as well as consequential immediate environmental effects. Moreover, this report provides some guiding principles to reduce these sorts of informalities. Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh has been selected as a case study city. The study has collected data from site visits to a selection of detail case study areas in Dhaka, semi-structured interviews with a selection of stakeholders of housing in the city, and secondary sources.