Semester Offering: August

While the built-environments of cities are largely manifested by housing and settlements of people, and infrastructure and service networks that support their living, the absence of adequate infrastructure and services make the living conditions of people below acceptable environmental standards. Therefore, urban environmental managers require specific knowledge and skills in making urban settlements habitable places to live in, and this course is designed to offer such knowledge and skills to encourage integrated sustainable housing and infrastructure development. The course contents are designed to be of particular interest to emerging architects, civil engineers, urban planners, and even building scientists, for addressing the issues and developing relevant solutions.


Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

1.         Analyze the implications of urban housing and settlements, infrastructure and services.
2.         Apply systems management concept to address specific issues
3.         Plan and conceptually design for delivery of specific urban housing and infrastructure services
4.         Analyze the impacts from developing housing and infrastructure programs and projects




I.    Introduction
1.  Urban Growth and Trend Analysis
2. The Need of Housing, Infrastructure and Services for Urban Living
3. Problems Associated with Inadequate Housing, Infrastructure and Service
4.  Systems Management for Urban Housing and Infrastructure
5. Physical, Social and Environmental Infrastructure

II.  Urban Housing and Basic Services with Delivery Systems
1. Urban Housing Market and Property Development
2.  Basic Minimum Standards and Housing Options
3.    Indoor and Outdoor Living Conditions
4.    Housing Strategy Development and Program Delivery

III.  Planning, Design and Analysis of Specific Urban Infrastructure and Services
1.   Transportation
2.    Water and Sanitation
3.    Solid Waste Management

IV.  Delivery of Infrastructure and Services
1.   Role of Local Government and Public Authorities
2.    Decentralization of Urban Environmental Infrastructure and Services
3.    Privatization Trends in the Delivery of Urban Services
4.     Affordability of the Poor and Recovery of the Costs

V.   Implementation of Housing and Infrastructure Development Projects
1.  Legislation and Environmental Regulations
2.   Project Management and Monitoring
3.   Environmental Assessment and Public Participation




No designated textbook, but class notes and handouts will be provided.


1.  Pollalis, S.N. (Ed) (2016). Planning Sustainable Cities: An Infrastructure-based Approach, Routledge Taylor&Francis Group, New York.
2.  Howes, R. and Roberson, H. (2005). Infrastructure for the Built Environment, Butterworth, UK.
3.   Golland, A. and Blake, R. (2004). Housing Development, Routledge, London, UK
4.   Goodchild, B. (1997). Housing and the Urban Environment – A Guide to Housing Design, Renewal and Urban Planning, Blackwell Science Ltd., London, UK.
5.   Cotton, A. and Franceys, R. (1991). Services for Shelter, Liverpool Planning Manual 3, Series Editor: G. Dix, Liverpool University. Press in association with Fairstead Press, UK.
6.    Okun, D. A. and Ernst, W. R. (1987).Community Piped Water Supply Systems in Developing Countries – A Planning Manual, World Bank Technical Paper No. 60, Washington DC, USA.
7.    Vasconcellos, E. A. (2001). Urban Transport, Environment and Equity –Developing Countries, Earthscan, London.
8.         Hardoy, J. E., Mitlin, D. and Satterthwaite, D. (2001). Environmental Problems in an Urbanizing World, Earthscan Publications Ltd., London, UK.
9.         Fox, W. Strategic: (1994). Options for Urban Infrastructure Management, Published for the Urban Management Programme by the World Bank, Washington, DC, USA.


1.  Environment and Urbanization, Sage
2.  Housing and Human Settlements Planning, Journals Pub
3.  Environmental Management, Elsevier
4.  Infrastructure Systems, ASCE
1.  UN-HABITAT (2012). Sustainable Housing for Sustainable Cities: A Policy Framework for Developing Countries.
2.   UN-HABITAT (2010). Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities.
3.   USAID and EAWAG (2010).A Rapid Assessment of Septage Management in Asia: Policies and Practices in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
4.   UN-HABITAT (2003). Rental Housing: An Essential Option for the Urban Poor in Developing Countries.
5.   UNESCAP (2007). Sustainable Infrastructure in Asia – Overview and Proceedings.
6.   IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (2001). Key Factors for Sustainable Cost Recovery in the Context of Community-managed Water Supply, Paper Series 32-E, The Netherlands.
7.   IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (1991). Partners for Progress – An Approach to Sustainable Piped Water Supplies, Technical Paper Series No. 28, The Netherlands.
8.  DFID (undated).Guidance Manual on Water Supply and Sanitation Programes.
9.  AHURI (2008). New Directions in Planning for Affordable Housing: Australian and International Evidence and Implications.


·         Lectures                  : 40 hours
·         Presentations       : 10 hours
·         Self-study               : 90 hours
·         Assignments         : 45 hours


Lectures, classroom presentations, take home assignments are teaching methods used for this course.


The final grade will be computed from the following constituent parts: mid-semester exam (30%), final exam (40%), and assignment and presentation (30%). Closed-book examination is used for both mid-semester and final exam.

An “A” would be awarded if a student can elaborate the knowledge learned in class by presenting his/her own analysis from the relevant journal articles and required readings. A “B” would be awarded if a student shows an overall understanding of all topics, a “C” would be awarded if a student meets below average expectation on both knowledge and analysis, and a “D” would be given if a student does not meet basic expectations in analyzing or understanding the issues presented in the course.