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Title: Dilapidated houses in Cottonera : taking Vittoriosa as a case study.
Authors: Gauci, Christine
Keywords: Environmental health -- Malta
Housing -- Malta
Buildings -- Restoration -- Malta
Dilapidations -- Malta
Environmental degradation -- Malta
Issue Date: 1999
Citation: Gauci C. (1999). Dilapidated houses in Cottonera : taking Vittoriosa as a case study (Diploma long essay).
Abstract: One of the primary purposes of a dwelling is to provide shelter for man from the hostile elements of his environment. Since the day man moved out of caves he developed forms of shelter which conscientiously reflected his needs, as conditioned by the particular context within which he lived. If dwellings are left unattended they will deteriorate in a cycle from newly built, to dilapidation and disrepair, leading to unfitness and the likelihood of deterioration. This process of dilapidation and deterioration is easily understood in general terms, though it is extremely vast in operation. All houses will eventually deteriorate but individual materials degrade at different rates, with the optimum frequency of replacement varying between materials. Each component of the above mentioned cycle will be subject to modification, depending on local factors, which involve the quality of the original design, materials and maintenance. In certain areas of the Maltese Islands there is an increasing problem of disrepair in the housing stock which necessitates immediate action. Chapter One of this dissertation describes the parameters of Healthy Housing according to the World Health Organization standards and later, this chapter presents a broad definition of a dilapidated dwelling. Having done this, one gets an immediate impression of the contrast between these two extremities. Chapter Two gives a contemporary overview of the problem of dilapidated dwellings in Cottonera, whilst taking Vittoriosa as a case study to illustrate the precarious situation in which several houses in Vittoriosa are in. In this chapter, one also finds a comprehensive historical account intended to promote an awareness that Vittoriosa together with the other two cities was not always in such a state of deterioration. Vittoriosa was indeed once a city of great wealth and prestige. The concluding paragraphs of this chapter point out the reasons why the houses in Vittoriosa became dilapidated. In Chapter Three the focus moves to the survey that was carried out in Vittoriosa and from which several statistical reports were concluded. The context of this dissertation is further developed in Chapter Four, which points out in detail all the remedial steps that could be taken to finally overcome the problem of dilapidated houses in Cottonera.
Description: DIP.ENV.HEALTH
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacHSc - 1999
Dissertations - FacHScFSEH - 1999

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