Civil Engineering and Architecture Vol. 10(3A), pp. 126 - 131
DOI: 10.13189/cea.2022.101316
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The Beauty of Slums

Alia Abdulmalik *, Eradah Kanori , Rawan Marei
Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Design, Effat University, Qasr Khuzam St., Kilo. 2, Old Mecca Road. P.O.BOX 34689, Jeddah 21478, Saudi Arabia


A huge amount of the world's population resides in the slums around the globe, and this number will increase to three trillion in the near future, which will lead to the finding of cities within cities. These settlements are the result of the gap between demand and the legal and formal supply in the housing market, as well as the enormous differences between the economic status of the city's population and the overcrowding of these cities. Thus, this paper has presented a brief overview on the condition of slums within the cities. The research method used in this study is the review method, in which data are collected and analyzed from previously published articles. The aim of this study was to explore and uncover all aspects of slum life from the point of view of its existence, the different types and its social and architectural aspects, in addition to examining its evolution. The different types of slums are optimistic slums with escalator groups (A), optimistic slums with non-escalator groups (B), miserable slums with escalator groups (C) and poor with non-escalator groups (D). Meanwhile, the social and architectural aspects of slums cover the urban development cycle. Furthermore, this paper has also discussed regarding the future of slum life, its hidden beauty, and tried to change people's perspective on this unique way of life.

Slum, Area, Urban, Architecture, Condition, Improvement Demolition, Building, Structure

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[1] Alia Abdulmalik , Eradah Kanori , Rawan Marei , "The Beauty of Slums," Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 10, No. 3A, pp. 126 - 131, 2022. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2022.101316.

(b). APA Format:
Alia Abdulmalik , Eradah Kanori , Rawan Marei (2022). The Beauty of Slums. Civil Engineering and Architecture, 10(3A), 126 - 131. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2022.101316.