A decision support system for architects based on participatory tools for community design

Environment and Urbanization, 1 October 1996

Many participatory tools and methods have focused on rural development but few have considered aspects of human settlements and housing in rural areas. This paper explores a number of such tools designed for Indian professionals working in the field of housing. The paper first discusses a number of elements related to the effective participation of local residents and then describes some specific participatory rural appraisal tools developed and field tested for involving rural citizens in the design, construction and development of houses under government supported programs.